SURVEY–Inspirational authors–advice on trends, agents, becoming published, and more!    Handout–Inspirationals workshop

ACFW class on “Planning a Book.” Here are the lessons I posted for an  online ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) class on “Planning a Book.”  I’m putting them here in case any of you aspiring authors are interested.

PLEASE NOTE: I’m offering samples of how some of these tools are used, here.  These are uncorrected working copies, not spell checked or gussied up, and most have lots of abbreviations as well. If you have questions, let me know.

INTRODUCTION & Class #1 –click here:  Introduction

LESSON #1: Click here:  Planning a Book Lesson #1

LESSON #2: Click here:  PLanning a Book Lesson #2

LESSON #3: Click here:  Planning a Book Lesson #3

LESSON #4: Click here:  Planning a Book Lesson #4

LESSON #5: Click here:  PLanning a book Lesson #5

HANDOUTS for the ACFW class:
Plot Spine
Conflict Chart
Character, Setting and Map file
Example of a Brainstorming List ( from my Operation: Mistletoe)

 

2009 RWA National Conference workshop: The Many Faces of Romantic Suspense

The following link is for a six-page handout compiled for a  workshop on writing inspirational romantic suspense novels. It includes advice from published authors and readers on the wide range of content in this inspirational genre (they aren’t just your grandma’s sweet and gentle novels, for sure!!) and on the process of writing and selling inspirational suspense.
2009 RWA National Conference workshop: Face-Off: The Many Faces of Romance

 

CAREER BUILDING CLASS –ACFW:

The files below are class handouts for my ACFW online class “Career Building.”  With roughly 300 members in the class, posting some handouts here was the most expedient way to share them. Maybe some aspiring authors will be interested…

I use these trackers while writing a book–not for plotting ahead of time.  They help me record when events happen,  ensure that plot threads aren’t lost along the way, and they also help me watch for a logical progression of days/dates.  The forms are helpful during the revision stage as well, because I can quickly find various plot elements that must be addressed throughout the book. I am including some examples, but please note that these are actual, working copies.  They were not revised for clarity, nor were they spell-checked.  The many abbreviations and cursory notes help contain the information within the smallest possible space.  I keep the working copies posted on the bulletin board above my computer, and add details when I finish each chapter.

Subplot Tracker Blank
Subplot Tracker–example
Calendar Example
Scene – Sequel Blank
Scene – Sequel Example
ARC–example

 

ARTICLES:

The Golden Heart – 14 Karat or Brass Plate   

Writing the Long Contemporary–It Isn’t Just a Longer Word Count

Writing a Short Synopsis

The First Year And Before: 45 Hints for Planning For Success

Note that in this last article, some of the information may be dated, but you might find some useful information.