Greetings from Wenatchee, Washington. I’m here as a presenter at the “Write on the River” writing conference, a great event in a gorgeous college venue.
I’m delivering two workshops, one on how to pump up the level of tension in our stories, the other a 4-hour version of my basic “Six Core Competencies” workshop.
This morning I had the privilege of introducing the keynote speaker for this conference, Terry Brooks. Should have seen the look of confusion in about 200 pairs of eyes when I was introduced. Had some fun with that one.
And Terry Brooks… wow. Great guy. An iconic name in fiction. With whom I shared salmon and writerly war stories last night.
Reason I even bring this up here…
In preparing the outline for the “high tension” workshop, I discovered a wealth of good stuff to cover. Subtle, less-than-obvious ways to approach this critical aspect of narrative fiction.
So much, in fact, that I’m thinking it might make a killer series here on Storyfix. The title I’m using : “Snap, Crackle, Pop: How to Jack the Tension in Your Stories.”
Would make a revelant ebook, too.
Wondering what you think — is this something you’d like to see covered here on Storyfix? And, is this an ebook that might interest you down the road?
By the way, remember that recent call for ideas for topics to appear here in the near future? I’m not ignoring you, I plan on getting to them all. Including short story structure, by the way, which was the overwhelming majority suggestion.
In case you missed it, I’ll be doing An Education soon. Rent the DVD so you can follow this Oscar nominated genius story as we rip it to shreds, scene by scene.
Also, on Monday I’ll be running the posts I received this week about the Shutter Island deconstruction. Thanks for all the kind feedback, I think I can mark that one up as a successful effort.
If you’re interested, my ebook “The Three Dimensions of Character” has been reviewed on The Book Connection, a popular online reading venue. You can read the review HERE.
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