Sunday, August 14, 2016

Minutes from Hangout 8/13/16

What are You Doing Right Now?

Debbie: Got stuck at chapter 12 and taking a break to do something else.

Jennifer: Two chapters away from completing the first draft.

Wendy: Finished her first draft!!!! Yeah Wendy!

Cherrie: Finished her first draft early in the month and is letting is age in a draw this month. She is trying to learn how to write short stories before revising it.

What are You Reading?:



        • Reading multiple Mysteries to her mother.
        • Started Cuckoo Calling (J. K. Rowling under pen name Robert Galbraith)
        • Said Cuckoo was just so-so,


        • We're All Damaged by Matthew Norman--very good with excellent POV and Voice.
        • A novel about a plantation owner who adopts a slave girl. ?? The Kitchen House??
        • Both novels were worth reading according to Mary
        • She is also reading some YA adventure stories.
        • Last month she read Career of Evil by J. K. Rowling as Robert Galbraith which she thought was pretty good.


  • In the Attic by  Gary Rogers?? (Sorry I couldn't find a link to it.)
  • Revision and Self-Editing by James Scott Bell which she thinks is fantastic and everyone should read.


Last Month:

This Month:

  • Continuing with Mary Lynn Mercer's series as well with Story Bones.
  • For fun she is reading The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins--Very well written and a page turner but very dark as well. Violence and sexuality.

Many of us are taking Web Courses as well and here is a listing of some places you can go for

High Quality Webinars:

Coursera--Audit any course for FREE!

The Next Level Novel Workshop by James Scott Bell


Finish review of Grapes of Wrath.
Try to find enough people to analyze Game of Thrones.
Get Zee Nickerson, the developmental coach, to come to the next meeting.
Contact other developmental coaches to come to the meeting.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Story Developer #7: Putting It All Together

Finally, the long awaited Story Developer #7 Part I.  This was much more involved than I thought it would be, and just the first half is over 30 min, so I had to break it in two. I hope to have the second half out in a couple weeks. Enjoy.

Books on Plot Structure:


Books on the Midpoint:

Blogs on Structure:

Other Helpful Graphs: