Saturday, December 3, 2016

Speaker: C.S. Lakin

C. S. Lakin Website
C. S. Lakin: She does it all: award-winning blogger, writing coach, and copyeditor, author of sixteen novels and The Writer’s Toolbox series of novel-writing craft books.

Review Snippet:  Well, back to 12 Pillars: I didn't think Lakin could possibly have more knowledge to share, but she has outdone herself once again.

Conference Workshop: How Fiction Writers Can Show, Not Tell, Emotions,  Session 3, 2:30 - 3:30

Lunchtime Author Round table, 12:00 - 1:00

Workshop Description: Fiction Writers are taught to show, not tell, in their stories. But this isn’t easy to do—especially when it comes to showing emotion. In order to portray believable characters, writers must understand the natural action-reaction cycle of behavior. And while showing body language can be effective, there is a more powerful and effective way to show emotion without even one fluttering heart or trembling hand. Come learn the subtle yet essential ways to show emotions in your characters.

I’m a novelist, a copyeditor, a writing coach, a mom, a backpacker, and a whole bunch of other things. I’ve written fifteen novels in some different genres, most traditionally published and a few that are only in ebook format. I was told to stick to one genre by many agents and publishers, but I just don’t listen, and so write what I love to write, which suits my eclectic tastes. You can actually buy them and read them too! 

I am also quite the expert on pygmy goats. I ran a commercial pygmy goat farm for ten years and delivered a lot of kids! So, if you need some goat advice, I’m your gal.

Click here to order. description:

The 12 Key Pillars of Novel Construction takes the mystery out of building a solid story and shows you how to go from idea to complete novel in practical, easy-to-understand steps. 

Build smart!
Over and over, struggling writers make the same fatal mistakes in their manuscripts. Even writers who have studied all the best writing craft books and taken workshops and followed writers’ blogs still don’t get the structure. Truth is, a lot of writers believe they can write a novel without taking time to learn the nuts and bolts of novel construction. Just as with building a house, writers need to adeptly wield the proper tools and materials, and follow structurally sound rules if they hope to “build a novel.”
Build strong!
Smart writers will take the time to learn how to structure strong pillars that will hold up their novels. This new comprehensive writing craft book clearly lays out just how to build each essential pillar so it can carry the weight of your story. Without such foundational support, collapse is inevitable. There are 12 key pillars of novel construction, and if any of these pillars is weak, made of faulty materials, it will compromise the integrity of your novel.  
Build a novel that will stand up to scrutiny and thrill readers!
Inside, you’ll learn:
  • what the four primary support pillars are, and why and how you need to build those first, before tackling any other components in your novel.
  • how to determine if an idea has the potential to become a riveting concept with a kicker, and how to transform that idea into a stunning concept.
  • what high stakes is really all about and how to ensure your novel is exploding with them.
  • the secret to creating a riveting protagonist, and the two goals he needs to be pursuing.
  • what tension really is and how to ramp it up in your novel.
  • the key to portraying evocative settings and how to come up with them.
  • 7 important tips to creating believable dialog.
  • what voice is, and how it differs from writing style.
  • ways to brainstorm ideas for plot, themes, motifs, setting, and rich characters through asking a series of questions that will take you deep below the surface of your story.
  • what the difference is between theme and motif, and why both are essential.
  • Ideas and instructions on how to mind map your characters, plot, settings, themes—all the important elements of your story—and integrate them into your 12 pillars.
In addition, you’ll get 12 comprehensive “inspection checklists,” each with 12 sets of deep, thought-provoking questions meant to ensure your pillars are truly strong enough to hold the weight of your story. You need to pass every inspection!
  Don’t waste time trying to guess at novel structure. By using this concise, detailed blueprint, you can be sure you’ll end up with a terrific novel—every time!

The 12 Key Pillars of Novel Construction is part of The Writer's Toolbox Series of writing craft books for novelists. Be sure to get all of the books so you'll have your toolbox filled to the brim with the tools you need to write novels that readers will rave about!

Highlighted Review:

on February 23, 2015
I have been a C.S. Lakin fan for a while now. I am adding this book to my bookshelf along with two of her others, Shoot Your Novel and Writing the Heart of Your Story. (Which reminds me, I need to drop a review for both of those books. . . ) Well, back to 12 Pillars: I didn't think Lakin could possibly have more knowledge to share, but she has outdone herself once again. I consider myself to be a writer of sorts, still learning, and here in 12 Pillars of Novel Construction (the name reminds me so much of T.E. Lawrence's Seven Pillars of Wisdom), new writers like me will learn the essentials -- such as raising the stakes, creating characters the reader cares about, and other "pillars" (as Lakin puts it) that are the difference between typing and writing. The book is a good reminder for experienced writers, as well, as it approaches the discussion of what you think you already know with fresh insight. I found the book to be a great read, from a great teacher. I both learned a few new things and got clarification on things I thought I knew. I recommend this book and, really, any writing book by C.S. Lakin. You WILL learn something, most likely quite a lot of somethings, about writing that you didn't know before. Get your pillars set right, and with hard work and determination, you'll be well on your way to being a great author. (PS: I will be picking up the companion workbook as soon as it becomes available.)

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