The plan ahead for our 7.5 hours together:
Session 1: What have I made?
Taking a hard look at what we've actually made, rather than what we intended to make. We'll make a story map and looking at settings.
Session 2: What haven't I considered? We'll look at tension and scene building, as well at the rhythm of five pages.
Session 3: The full novel diagnostic. We'll leave with a plan for working on the revision when we go home.
So, friends, it looks like some productive work is in store. I'll give you a peek inside as we move through the three sessions.
In this first session, we get a peek inside the way Eliot maps plot and Elena shares amazing insight to the ways setting can work even more for our stories.
Here's a great suggestion and something you can try:
Elana and Eliot send off to consider what we love about our projects. This is an important consideration because we so often look at what's wrong with our work instead of what's right. Elana encourages us to lean into what we love and others love about our work.
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In session 2, we are looking more micro-level; at sentences, openings, and scenes and how it all relates to the whole.
Here's a takeaway that might be fun to look at:
Read the first paragraph of THE HUNGER GAMES. Note with each sentence what information it gave you and/or what question(s) has it made you consider.
A tip from Elana: find what you think is the strongest scene in your book. Let it be the gold standard and know that all of your scenes can be just as good.
Here's a peek at the list generated of what attendees thought were key takeaways from day 1. (The last one will have to remain a mystery.)