Use Your Fear For Creative Writing | Fiction Course | Madeleine Rose Jones | Skillshare

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Use Your Fear For Creative Writing | Fiction Course

teacher avatar Madeleine Rose Jones, Writing & Lifestyle

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Class Project

    • 3. Emotions

    • 4. Types Of Fear

    • 5. Psychological Fears

    • 6. Social Fears

    • 7. Existential Fears

    • 8. Putting It All Together

    • 9. Conclusion

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In this short course, you'll learn how to use your fears for creative writing. Madeleine breaks down fear into three key categories, and explains how you can apply them to your fiction. This is a class for beginner writers, but anyone can take it. 

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Madeleine Rose Jones

Writing & Lifestyle


Hello, I'm Madeleine. And I've been there. Looking up at the ceiling, strolling around the garden, gazing at the stars... with hope that I'm creating the next big thing. Yet I stopped looking... and started to write. I've written science fiction, historical dramas, and speculative thrillers that keep the reader guessing. Oh, and I've learned from the best. Studying creative writing at Macquarie University improved my writing, and I'm excited to share it with you. 

Since 2019, I've run the literature & history blog Snowy Fictions, where I post short stories, articles and listicles all about the magic existing in both fact and fiction. My blog posts are used as educational guides for high schools in the United States, Canada and Australia. I've also given tal... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Welcome to my Skillshare class about using your emotions to write a story that matters. For the last two years. I've written articles and blog posts about books and literature. I've assisted schools in educating students in creative writing. As a writer myself, who has written a novel and many short stories and poems. I am excited to help you write stories with hate, high-stakes, and have plenty of emotion. In this course, I will focus on one emotion in particular. C. V is the lifeblood of many great stories. And in this course, you'll learn the different types of fees and how you can apply them to your characters and well building. But before we get started, it's important to note that writing fiction can be an intense process. This writing exercise in the class project requires deep reflection and it may get uncomfortable. So by all means, take your time and if you like, have a break. I hope this helps you in writing a story that matters. 2. Class Project: For the class project, I want you to complete a character profile. Simply pick character from one of your stories and write down the fees. If you'd like to expand on this, write down why they have this fee. For example, a character might have a fear of the dark blue to a temporary experience of blindness as a child gets into the psychological and social reasons why your character has these feeds afterwards, share your profile in the class projects section. You don't have to place this next pot in the class project section and condense exercise for yourself. Consider your own fears. Getting into why you feel certain things and how you cope with set theory can lead to great it collect trick fiction. As said in the introduction video, this exercise can get very confronting. You were truly looking at yourself in a very makes it vulnerable way. So take as much time as you need. This is meant to be a discovery exercise where you find out more about yourself and what stories are a thing you place. Note that you don't need to write the character with the and the same fees as yourself. It's worthwhile to experiment a bit and see things through different lenses. Best of luck. 3. Emotions : The most excellent stories through history, emotional experiences. This is because the author and the reader a, both in a dialogue together. Although they aren't literally talking to each other, the author is still communicating emotions, ideas, things, and their own perspective. This is done primarily through a character setting, plot, and word choice. The main reason why emotions matter in storytelling is because when you've read a book, you want the writer to have enough personal stakes in the story themselves. Rita's won't get invested in the story if the writer is not. The best way to create an emotionally engaging story is to pull your heart into your fiction. This may mean using your own fees, which is something I deeply encourage in the shaping of core storytelling aspects. Of course. And it goes without saying, every writer is different and how you insert to yourself. Fictional works, we'll defer to others. This course focus primarily on fee, but other emotions are also important in storytelling. Want to have considered the fee aspect. Try other emotions like happiness, love, God. And motions are the lifeblood of storytelling. And that is absolutely crucial to remember everyone experiences in their lives. And the most successful works of fiction spake to our fears and concerns. 4. Types Of Fear: You must consider the different types of fees one can have. Of course, there are medical or a more professional sounding terms than the ones I'll offer. But I've narrowed down fees into three key categories. The first one is psychological, the second one is social, and the last is existential. The best stories and characters will exhibit at least one C in each of these categories. Remember, some fees will be rational or irrational. I suggest you don't like concerns of irrationality or rationality dictate your story. It's a K for characters have any fever I have. But to investigate why they have this fear and how it affects the actions. Don't shy away from a tragic consequences of fee, all how it influences the situation. And you'll find storytelling gold. 5. Psychological Fears: Ask a child what they feel, and chances are. They'll mention a psychological theory, perhaps a scan of heights as a lot of children and adults. To understand their fee, you must dig deep into their personality, their history, their mindset, and psychology. The reasons why a character may have a psychological fee unique to them alone. I don't want to make a huge simplification. Psychological fees are usually not caused by social factors. Or a character may struggle to understand their own psychological fee. You can inject this uncertainty into your own narrative. What I like about psychological fears is how symbolic they are. If you are a writer who likes a lot of symbolism, then pay attention because psychological fears, office many opportunities. Take for example, the Joker. In Batman, many kids and adults of clowns. But what DC does very well is take a classical psychological fear and exaggerate it in the most awful and terrifying way. When writing psychological fears get creative, but also get personal. Psychological fees are not necessarily contagious to others. But remember, more than one character can have them. 6. Social Fears: Unlike a psychological fear, social fears are contagious and shared by others. They are less classical and symbolic. Venice psychological fear. It's important to note that characters are not born with particular social fees. They develop them through engaging with their environment. Usually a character experiencing a social theory can't overcome it without changing their external environment. A character may feel environmental damage, as I know, a lot of people do. And the only way they can overcome this fee is by changing the world or situation. They live in. Social fears and Mike, psychological theories usually exist for good reason. It's tempting to judge. Social feeds through the lenses of rational or irrational, but restrain yourself from writing social feeds. They tend to have nuance and complexity. And it's important that when you write your characters, you overcome the knee to harshly judge them. Social fees are also emotional events. Take my example of a child concerned about the environment. The social feed perfects deep emotions in not just the main character, but everyone around them. 7. Existential Fears: Existential fears surround the big issues and questions in life. Think philosophy and theology. A character may overcome asocial of psychological fear, but an existential fee is far more tricky. These fees speak to the core of what it means to be a human being. What I love about existential theories is how they are both social and psychological. A character. My feet, death, and the right to such fee is found in the environment. And in that personality. There's also a sense of Africanus with existential phase. Traditionally, let you track, is not shy from discussing existential phase. And you know what? Naver are, the fields of philosophy, politics, and religion. You have your own existential fears. As far as everyone else. These can make great overarching themes for novels. As existential fees do not. Easy solutions. They may appear ambiguous and difficult to understand at times and a less concrete than psychological or social fears. Remember, as an author, you do not need to be an expert to comment on a fee. You may have never tasted a person in your life, but you feel romantic rejection. There is no reason why you can't write about that. Feed. My point being, do not hold yourself back because we should not let a lack of life experience us from investigating into existential theories. Usually, existential fears are opportunities for writers to consider their own thoughts and feelings on certain subjects matter. Remember when I mentioned philosophy, politics, and religion, you can wave your own perspectives into stories without getting preachy or boring the radar. Existential fears a truly about the big picture issues of life. So make sure you dig deep and include some in your story. 8. Putting It All Together: You now have an understanding of theory and how characters exhibited. If you want to go further, you may want to think in the collective sense. If you stories about two group of friends, do they all share the same fear? Maybe one friend has a social theory, the others do not have, or they all share the same psychological theory. Perhaps half of the friends overcome the existential fees, but the rest do not know two people of the site. And the way humans approach fee has much diversity. Demonstrate that with your characters. Makes them stand out, but show their humanity and how they are connected with the stories weld and plot. Consider the fundamental things in your story and what emotions you want to evoke. 9. Conclusion: Transforming your fees into spectacular creative writing is not easy and has many challenges. Sometimes all you need to do is give yourself time. I also suggest frayed and widely and discovering how you favorite novelists display fear. Either way. I hope you have gotten value out of this short course. If you like, you can complete and share the class project, or you can leave a review and started discussion. I am excited to hear about your thoughts. Thank you very much for completing this course. And best of luck in your literary journey. See you soon.