March 12, 2010

Synopsis Class Update

I'm nearing the end of my synopsis class I am taking from Camy Tang. This has been the most challenging and the most useful thing I have ever done with my writing. I have learned more the past two weeks than I have reading all my writing books combined! Seriously.

Camy puts up a lesson through a Yahoo Group created for the class. We then do the homework and post it to the Group. Camy looks it all over and comments and makes suggestions for making your work stronger.

What I have loved about this class is the way Camy encourages you while challenging you at the same time. She has a great way of giving you examples of what she is looking for, without telling you outright what to write. I've had lots of "aha" moments and have found a plot hole. Maybe not a hole, but a weak part the story. It's amazing how she helps you to look at your story from a bird's eye view.

Right now, my homework is to write the spiritual/internal arc. This has me stumped, and the reason is because I started my book not wanting to write a "Christian" fiction book. I wanted to write a fun and engaging story, yet not be preachy. But as I wrote, my faith couldn't help but creep in, and my characters began a spiritual trek. So as I try to put on paper what their journey is, well, it's not good. There ISN'T a great spiritual/internal arc and this is something I need to develop.

I've got alot of work to do. :) But that's okay! I've learned how to write a synopsis. This class has taught me HOW to pre-plot a book!!!! That is HUGE! The pre-plotting will help to build a solid foundation...without plot holes.

I'm so excited and I think this class is an incredible resourse for writers. Seriously, check out Camy Tang and see what she has to offer. She won't let you down!

What other classes have you taken that gave you an "aha" moment? Or if you haven't taken a class, what lesson from what book did you learn from?

15 comments:

  1. Camy's great! She critiqued some of my story for me for a very reasonable price. The woman knows her stuff. :)

    Glad you found her class so helpful Sherrinda!!

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  2. Sounds like you're having a great class. I've found in taking classes, sometimes things don't quite sink in first time around. At least with me. A second class I took in copperplate with the same instructor gave me the aha moment to improve my hand. First time, I was looking but didn't "see"

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  3. I purchased Camy's synopsis developing worksheet, and it is a truly helpful tool as well! I'm sure you got that with the class, but I've been using it as I develop my synopsis. Writing a synopsis has made me want to stick a needle in my eye, though.

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  4. I took this course a while back!! SOOOOOO valuable!!! She rocks! :) Keep going, Sherrinda, you'll get it and once you do you'll be so proud :)

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  5. Yay! So glad you've found this class helpful. I've struggled with the internal arc thing too... but what a tool to make the story stronger in the end!

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  6. Bell's "Art of War for Writers". It's incredible. I carry it in my bag and read it whenever I have a spare moment. :0)

    So glad the class has been good for you!

    Have a great weekend!

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  7. I can't wait to have the opportunity to dive into one of her classes! Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm!

    Like Katie- I love her prices!

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  8. Oh, the spiritual arc lesson challenged me too! I realized I had one already built in for my heroine but not for my hero.

    This month I'm taking Margie Lawson's course Empowering Character Emotions, and whoa mama, it's an excellent class! Over 300 pages of lecture for $30 and jam packed with amazing stuff.

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  9. Sounds like a wonderful class...and synopses really are helpful at the plotting stage too, aren't they? I always write a rough one before I start writing a draft.

    I'm taking Holly Lisle's "How to Revise Your Novel" class online at the moment, and learning an incredible amount not just about revising, but about writing too. :-)

    Good luck developing your arc...I'm sure you'll make it great.

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  10. I just finished reading her Sushi for One book. Wonderful writer. Glad you are getting so much out of the class :O)

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  11. Hi Sherrinda -

    Most of the classes I've taken have been at conferences. Each one added something to my knowledge base. One that helped me taught POV.

    Blessings,
    Susan :)

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  12. I love the Story Sensei. I've never taken a class but learned so much from her blog archives. Sounds like a super class.

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  13. Sounds like you're learning a TON, Sherrinda! So excited for you!!!

    I've had a ton of aha moments... too many to count or remember, LOL

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  14. Aw, thanks so much, Sherrinda! You're making me blush!

    And all you guys who have such kind words to say about my classes and critique service--OMG thank you so much!

    I really loved giving this synopsis class b/c there are only a few of you and you guys are SO dedicated to your writing craft! You guys have been a joy to teach!

    Camy

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  15. A second class I took in copperplate with the same instructor gave me the aha moment to improve my hand. First time, I was looking but didn't "see"
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