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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Ten Ways To Create Character Empathy

This is a fantastic article by Brandilyn Collins. Several of her points are similar to what I read in one of my favorite writing books, Writing for Emotional Impact by Karl Iglesias.

Ten Ways To Create Character Empathy

Sunday, February 07, 2010

EMPOWERING CHARACTERS' EMOTIONS online course by Margie Lawson

Camy here: I STRONGLY recommend this course! Many of the manuscripts that I critique could use more emotional writing, and this course is the best of its kind in teaching how to write with more emotion, more emotional intensity, more psychologically resonating emotion. TAKE THIS COURSE!


This course is designed for writers of ALL GENRES, published or unpublished. You'll work at your own pace, on your own level.

EMPOWERING CHARACTERS' EMOTIONS (details below)
Presenter: Margie Lawson

Cost: $20.00 PASIC members, $30.00 non-members - payable by PayPal

Deadline to Register: February 27, 2010

TO REGISTER, GO HERE:

http://pasic.net/class_lawson_032010.html

CLASS INFORMATION:

Would you like to learn how to:

Capture emotion on the page?

Hook the reader
by eliciting a visceral response?

Analyze your scenes?

Fix scenes that don't work?

Increase micro-tension?

Add psychological power to a good scene and make it stellar?

This power-packed on-line class covers the following topics and more:

The EDITS System
Deep Editing techniques
Four Levels of Powering Up Emotion
The Full Range of Body Language:
Facial expressions, Dialogue Cues, Proxemics, Posture, Gestures, Avoidance and Deception Cues
Fresh Visceral Responses
Cliché-busting
Motivation Reaction Units
Ideomotoric shifts
Subtext Power
Emotional Authenticity
Backstory Management
Emotional Hits
Rhythm and Cadence and Beats
Carrying a Nonverbal Image Forward
Projecting Emotion for a Non-POV character

About the Presenter:

Margie
Lawson—psychotherapist, writer, and international presenter – focuses
her analytical skills on writing craft. A former adjunct professor,
Margie taught psychology courses at the graduate and doctoral levels.
Applying her expertise in the writing world, she developed innovative
editing systems and deep editing techniques. Her deep editing tools are
used by all writers, from beginners to multi-award winners. She teaches
writers how to edit for psychological power, how to immerse the reader
in the fictional world, how to write page turners.

Margie
developed six on-line courses she teaches once per year. The lectures
from all her courses are available as Lecture Packets through Paypal
from her web site.

Empowering Characters' Emotions
Deep Editing: The EDITS System, Rhetorical Devices, and More
Digging Deep in to the EDITS System
Defeat Self-Defeating Behaviors
Writing Body Language and Dialogue Cues Like a Psychologist
Powering Up Body Language in Real Life: Projecting a Professional Persona When Pitching and Presenting

In
the last six years, Margie presented full day Master Classes for
writers fifty-four times, sharing her deep editing techniques with over
four thousand writers. Last year Margie was brought in as a guest
speaker to present full day Master Classes in Melbourne for Romance
Writers of Australia, and in Auckland, for Romance Writers of New
Zealand.

To
learn about Margie's 3-day Immersion Master Classes, full day Master
Class presentations, on-line course schedule, Lecture Packets, or
newsletter, visit: www.MargieLawson.com.

Read what graduates of Margie Lawson's courses and master classes say:

Randy
Ingermanson, Ph. D., author of WRITING FICTION FOR DUMMIES,
award-winning fiction author, creator of Snow-Flake Pro, in-demand
writing instructor:

"In the twenty years I've been writing
fiction, two teachers have astounded me with their insights and taught
me something radically new: Dwight Swain and Margie Lawson.

After
reading Margie's material on nonverbal communication and empowering
characters' emotions, something clicked in my brain. Margie taught me a
new ways to empower my writing."

Karin Tabke, Bestselling author:

"I
had so many epiphany moments Saturday my head was twitching. It's still
twitching! I wish I had attended Margie's Empowering Characters'
Emotions master class earlier. My writing is stronger, more vivid, more
emotional. The effects of the workshop were immediate. I highly
recommend if you have the opportunity to take Margie's workshop in
person, do it."

Colleen Coble, CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers and Bestselling author:

"The
workshop I went to last month was the best I've ever been to, bar none.
And I've been to plenty. Margie's workshop was so awesome, I'm going
over my notes from what she taught before I start my next book. She's a
genius, pure and simple."

Melanie Milburne, Bestselling, Award Winning author:

I
just sold my 31st title and my editor loved the book. She thought I had
written a really sophisticated story with powerful emotion. So thank
you Margie!

I
have worked my way through Margie's Empowering Characters' Emotions,
and Deep Editing Lecture Packets, and found them wonderful. Her deep
editing techniques have really lifted my writing. It's so exciting
working on each new novel now knowing I have these amazing techniques
to engage the reader in a more emotionally satisfying way. Thank you
again, Margie!

Cheryl Wyatt, Award Winning author:

"I
LOVED Margie Lawson's class. WOW. WOW. WOW. Wish I would have
discovered her sooner. Fabulous. My writing will soar to the next
level. She's an incredible teacher and such a fun teacher. Great lady.
I plan to take all her online courses."

At the Steeple Hill
spotlight, at the RWA National conference, editors Krista Stroever and
Melissa Endlich mentioned my books. They talked about how my writing
has a depth of emotion that makes them cry. They said that's the kind
of emotive writing they want to see from authors trying to break in.

Margie,
I know I have you to thank for the strong core of emotion that people
say are in my books. Thank you for bringing your wealth of knowledge
and sharing with us. You truly are amazing.

Jeri Smith-Ready, Bestselling author:

I
owe it all to Margie Lawson (and my editor) for helping me whip my
books into shape. I used her Empowering Characters' Emotions and Deep
Editing lectures as my bible for my final drafts. I am so grateful I
discovered Margie's editing expertise. I can't say enough about what a
difference it makes to have Margie's 'voice' pushing me to make each
word count and each sentence pop!

Linda Warren, Award Winning Best-selling author:

I'm thoroughly enjoying your Deep Editing lectures. And learning. I feel as if I've been writing in the dark. All of a sudden
you've turned on the light and my weak and dull writing is transformed into powerful and fresh. I love it!

As an author I get tired of the "thumping" "pounding" heart. "Lifted" "raised" eyebrow, too.

After
your full day Empowering Characters' Emotions master class at NOLA
Stars, I wrote this line: "She cocked her eyebrow with the power of a
.38 special."

As I told you in Shreveport, I've never taken a
workshop because getting around is so hard for me. I'm glad I waited
for a Margie Lawson Master Class to begin to learn about the power of
words, the power of writing. You're brilliant.

CJ Lyons, Award Winning author:

Margie's
Empowering Characters' Emotions and Deep Editing classes not only
helped me to get in touch with my characters' visceral reactions, they
also showed me ways to use my characters' emotions to drive my plots in
compelling and evocative new directions!

Lyn Cote, Bestselling, RITA nominated,
author:

I
love a teacher who knows how to break down the individual skills and
content in order to put into practice what is being taught. I've taken
Margie's Character Emotion and EDITS classes and have used them ever
since.

Margie's lessons are always practical and make such a difference! If you haven't taken them and implemented them, YOU SHOULD. "
Deadline to Register: February 27, 2010

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Interview--My journey to publication

Lynda Schab interviewed me on my journey to publication! This was fun because she asked questions on topics I didn't think about when I first gave my writing journey story.

Now, Camy shares her journey to publication:
Fiction, non-fiction, or both? Fiction
Genre: Romantic suspense and humorous contemporary romance
How many books have you written? 9
How many of those have been published? 4
Years you've been writing: Longer than dirt. Okay, seriously, I started writing in Junior High or High School, but didn't start writing seriously until I got laid off from my biology job, which was in 2002

Click here to read the entire interview!
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