The Big Question
How to Create a Powerful Novel from a Few Ideas and One Big Question
Have you ever read a story then felt dissatisfied by it as you put it down? All the story elements--plot, characters, romance, and suspense--were there, but something was missing.
That something is often called depth or resonance, and it’s that element that turns an ordinary story into one you couldn’t put down.
How do you create a story like that? It starts with the creation of the story. I’ll show you how to take a simple plot idea, premise, or character and turn it into a novel with resonance.
A Success Story from a former student:
"I just wanted to let you know that I sold the book I was working on in your Big Question on-line workshop! I just got the call this morning. Yippee. It's another medical romance to Mills and Boon. I got a two-book contract too!
Very happy. Thanks for helping me hone in on what I needed to concentrate on for the core of the story. It's never easy!"
The course will be a month long and lessons will be posted each day. Seven worksheets will lead you from an idea to the simple structure of a complete novel.
THE THREE LEVELS OF A STORY
FINDING YOUR BIG QUESTION FROM THE HEADLINES
IS A HEADLINE ENOUGH?
FINDING YOUR BIG QUESTION IN POPULAR CULTURE
THE PREMISE BEFORE THE BIG QUESTION
THE BIG QUESTION CAN'T BE TOO BIG
THE BIG QUESTION CAN BE KINDA BIG
THE INTIMATE BIG QUESTION
ROMANCE COUPLES AND THE BIG QUESTION
PICKING THE MAIN CHARACTERS
DECIDING ON THE OTHER CHARACTERS
FLESHING OUT THE CHARACTERS
ACTIVE VERSUS PASSIVE GOALS
CREATING A CHARACTER FROM WITHIN
SIMPLE PLOT LINES
THE GAME WE PLAY AS A BIG QUESTION
IS YOUR BIG QUESTION SALABLE?
WRITING THE BOOK
WHAT GOES INTO A NOVEL?
START YOUR READING LIST
USING INDEX CARDS TO PLOT A NOVEL
Marilynn's Teaching Biography:
Marilynn Byerly's two passions are writing and teaching. With a BA and MA in English with an emphasis on fictional structure and literary analysis, she has taught writing, judged numerous national and regional writing contests, reviewed books, and written articles on writing which have appeared in trade publications, national magazines, and writing websites. Her articles have also been used as part of the course work for writing and publishing programs at major universities. She has acted as a book doctor for established authors.
Her romance, fantasy, and suspense novels, and short stories have won major awards including the National Readers Choice Award, the Sapphire, and the Write Touch. She has also been named an outstanding achiever in romance by a major romance magazine
What qualifies Marilynn to teach this topic?
“This romance... is one of the most memorable books I've ever read. Intelligently written, fascinating in scope.... If you don't grab TIME AFTER TIME and put it on your keeper shelf, you are depriving yourself of mental stimulation, a page-turner book, and a love story to make you sigh." A review of one of Marilynn's novels from "Under the Covers."
Many of Marilynn's reviews praise her ability to create a story with a depth that draws readers in and resonates with them. As a teacher, Marilynn can show you how to do it, too.
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