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Elements of Literary Fiction: How to Write Character-Driven Stories


Instructor: Kristen Lamb
Price: $40.00 USD
Where: W.A.N.A. Digital Classroom
When: Thursday August 3rd 7:00 P.M. EST-9:00 P.M. EST

Not all writers desire to write genre fiction and, instead, long to write a "character-driven" story. Stories that explore humanity, our flaws and strengths, that highlight/analyze greater issues are literary staples. This could be general fiction or even literary fiction (which do crossover but not always).

This class is also extremely useful for adding greater depth into commercial fiction.

The "character-driven" story can be one of the most difficult types of fiction to write, namely because this type of fiction and its requirements are vastly misunderstood.

In this class we will cover:

  • Why even "character-driven" stories still require plot structure.
  • How to create a core plot problem (the crucible) that fires out weakness and drives the character arc.
  • How to create characters readers will bond with, root for and remember.
  • The difference in structure for commercial genre fiction versus literary (character-driven) fiction.
  • Why navel gazing is not story.
  • How to harness inner demons and use plot to bring them to the surface.
  • Why lecturing is not story.
  • How to examine deeper issues (culture, religion, society, etc) without our story devolving to thinly veiled "preaching/lecturing."

A recording of this class is also included with purchase.

About the Instructor:

Kristen LambKristen Lamb is the author of the definitive guide to social media and branding for authors, Rise of the Machines—Human Authors in a Digital World. She’s also the author of #1 best-selling books We Are Not Alone—The Writer’s Guide to Social Media and Are You There, Blog? It’s Me, Writer. She’s just released her debut thriller The Devil’s Dance.

Kristen has written over twelve hundred blogs and her site was recognized by Writer’s Digest Magazine as one of the Top 101 Websites for Writers. Her branding methods are responsible for selling millions of books and used by authors of every level, from emerging writers to mega authors.

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