Wednesday, July 31, 2013
1:57 PM Jennifer Hudson Taylor 1 comment
This workshop concentrates on how to show character emotion to engage the readers' feelings as they experience the story. Writers will learn how to incorporate the senses in a creative way to invoke realism and make readers care about the characters. Emphasis will include showing rather than telling, deep POV, powerful dialogue, and the power of word choice. Jennifer will discuss the stages of relationship development, action vs reaction, internal and external conflict, and sensual vs sexual tension. (For intermediate writers who are beyond the basics and who want to carry their skills to the next level.)
1:50 PM Jennifer Hudson Taylor No comments
If you're blogging and have a presence on social media, but your follower base doesn't grow, and ranking numbers in the search engines are stagnant, then this is the workshop for you. The content in this workshop covers why you need an online platform, how to maximize your blogging efforts, increase traffic, and online interaction. Social network sites are included such as how to best utilize Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Goodreads, Google+ and Amazon. Learn why you still need a newsletter if you have a blog and how to build subscribers. As much as you would like to, you can't clone yourself, so Jennifer will share how to use apps to automate your social media efforts without sacrificing your ability to network with your readers.
1:35 PM Jennifer Hudson Taylor No comments
Still confused about POV? This workshop discusses the various character points of view, head hopping, and how to make the reader feel as if they are inside the character's mind, feeling what the character is feeling, rather than reading about a character's actions like a report. We will compare writing samples that show the basic level of writing and then how deep point of view can make it better. We will discuss layering in sensory details and concentrate on the reader's experience.
1:08 PM Jennifer Hudson Taylor No comments
Above, Jennifer and her agent, Terry Burns, at the ACFW Conference after winning two certificates for her unpublished manuscripts in the 2007 Genesis contest. One of those manuscripts went on to become Jennifer's debut novel at Abingdon Press, Highland Blessings.
12:34 PM Jennifer Hudson Taylor No comments
Jennifer gives tips on how to explore the Internet and access resources you may have never considered, including new innovative ways libraries are updating their systems and how it will benefit you. She shares ideas that will help both contemporary and historical authors. You will leave with fresh knowledge and a renewed energy for researching that story that's been nagging at your muse.
12:09 PM Jennifer Hudson Taylor No comments
This workshop covers the basics of writing fiction for new, aspiring authors. It includes mistakes to avoid and industry standards on how to format a manuscript. We will discuss plotting and compare character driven plots to action driven plots. We will concentrate on characterization in developing realistic and believable characters, ways to make them memorable and briefly discuss layering in sensory detail. We will compare stilted dialogue to natural sounding dialogue. Also, we will discuss POV, give examples of head-hopping, and how to avoid it. Writers will receive a list of trigger words to look out for in finding troublesome passive voice, a list of action verbs to replace boring passive verbs, and ways to cut fluff words in order to tighten and polish one's writing. (For new writers who are writing their first manuscript or starting the editing process of a completed manuscript. It may also help writers who have completed their first manuscript, but are trying to edit their manuscript for publication.)