Read (and Watch!) Like a Writer
Read (and Watch!) Like a Writer
Using specific examples from books, TV shows, and movies, I’ll show you how to take in stories in a whole new way, with an objective assessing eye, to clearly identify a story’s strengths and weaknesses so you can translate that skill to creating and honing your own manuscripts.
You’ll also learn to identify the concrete techniques storytellers use to create specific reactions in readers and viewers, like building emotional investment, hooking readers and keeping them hooked, and creating rock-solid plots that keep readers guessing—so you can learn how to use them in your own writing to create a tight, effective, compelling story.
This course also helps with one of the biggest challenges for writers—editing their own work—by showing you how to gain the objectivity you need to see what’s actually on the page, versus the version in your head.
Five Steps to Creating an Airtight Plot
What’s keeping you from finishing—or starting—that story you’ve been dying to tell? Why haven’t you completed that novel you’re burning to write, the one that’s been percolating in your head for weeks, months, maybe even years?
If you’re like a lot of writers, you might be stuck on plotting. Wrestling your characters and ideas into a strong, cohesive, propulsive story can get overwhelming, especially when you get “lost in the forest,” so deep in the woods you can’t see daylight—or the way out. Maybe all those ideas swirling in your head get muddled together and you can’t figure out what’s intrinsic to the story, or what goes where. Maybe you just lose steam and are thinking of abandoning the project altogether.
But plotting doesn’t have to be a many-headed Hydra. Whether you’re just beginning your first manuscript or you’re a seasoned writer with many stories under your belt, whether you’re a plotter or a pantser, the five simple steps I lay out in this course will give you a solid, actionable road map for your story—a clear, workable guide to make sure you’re keeping momentum strong as you propel readers steadily through your story to a satisfying, cohesive conclusion. The course includes detailed worksheets and diagrams for each step to guide you through the process as you create a complete working plot and structure for your story.
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I’m Tiffany Yates Martin.
In my publishing career working as a book editor on hundreds of manuscripts—both published and prepublished; for major publishers as well as indies; bestsellers and newer authors—I have more than 25 years of experience in seeing what can keep an author’s story from being as effective as it can be, and what makes it marketable and competitive.
As an editor as well as a teacher leading workshops and seminars in writing and editing across the country, I’ve developed clear, useful, hands-on tools for helping authors learn to spot these areas, along with practical techniques for addressing them, and I share those techniques in my online courses.