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?