Sunday, January 29, 2012

Workshop: Breaking Things Down Into Threes

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The Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Chapter of RWA Presents

Breaking Things Down Into Threes -- Presented by Beth Daniels

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You’re a Pantser and you like things that way. And yet, it sure would be handy to have some sort of plan in mind so that you can write faster and more efficiently, right? The trouble is, all the books and articles that tell you how to do that are written by Plotters -- the sort of people who like to work out all the details in advance rather than let them flow. And you’re definitely a go with the flow type. Well, there is a solution...or if not a total solution, at least a way to have both your Pantser's cake and pour it into mini-Plotter cupcake cups. After that, it's all icing. What are these cupcake sized manuscript bits? Well, I call them the act of BREAKING THINGS DOWN INTO THREES. It's easy to do, it doesn’t make you feel like you’ve pitched your tent in the midst of the Plotter camp either. Just bring your current manuscript or a story idea that's bursting to escape onto the written page. This doesn't force you to write 50,000 words in 30 days, although you could. It helps you move ahead at a constant pace with some idea of what to do next, even if the light at the end of the tunnel isn't showing just yet. Or looks a bit like it's a 15-watt bulb rather than a 100-watt. That's all that's necessary to plunge into BREAKING IT DOWN INTO THREES!

When: February 6, 2012 through February 26, 2012

The cost is $20.00 for FFnP members and $25.00 for non-FFnP members. Payment is due at the time of registration. Refunds / credits are determined on a case by case basis. If a class should be canceled, then participants have a choice of a credit to be applied to a future workshop or a refund.

This workshop will be conducted via a Yahoo! email loop. Email invitations will be sent 48 hours prior to the beginning of the workshop. Just register for the workshop and complete the payment process via PayPal.

Speaker Information:          
Beth Daniels is the author of 26 published novels, a number of articles on writing, and a handful of published or soon-to-be published short stories. She has written -- or is currently writing – under the pseudonyms Beth Henderson, J.B. Dane, Lisa Dane, and Beth Cruise. Diversification is nearly her middle name for she writes historical romance, romantic-suspense, contemporary romantic comedy, has dabbled in YA, writing seven books based on the Saved By The Bell television series, and is currently deep into steampunk/fantasy storylines. Her books have appeared in a dozen languages in over twenty countries, and she's worked with a baker’s dozen worth of editors, two agents, and seven publishing houses since her first book was published in 1990. Beth is also the author of the non-fiction WRITING STEAMPUNK, available through Amazon in trade paperback or Kindle and through Barnes and Noble's Nook. As J.B. Dane, she has a short story, "The Dragon's Tale", in the MOTHER GOOSE IS DEAD anthology from Damnation Press. A past national coordinator of RWA's Golden Heart contest, she has been a member of numerous national or international writing organizations. With a BA in History, a MA in English Composition and Rhetoric, and over a dozen years teaching writing, including Novel writing, at local colleges, she comes to the world of online writing workshops with credentials nearly tripping over each other. Visit her at for information on titles or forthcoming workshops.

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