Writing Towards Emotional Markers (How to Plot Your Story Arcs P2)

Charlie Aylett, www.thestorysmith.com

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8 Videos (30m)
    • Intro

    • Story Arcs in Motion

    • Establishing Context

    • Writing Emotions

    • Developing emotions

    • Filtering Emotions

    • Assignment

    • Some reflections


About This Class


Part 1 of this series explained big picture story arcing of the protagonist's emotional journey and how to chart the change. Now it's time to talk about how to handle that journey moment by moment in chapters or scenes to inch towards those markers. Designed to give you a basic understanding of progressing an emotional arc through short fiction, this class gears up for the real meat of the subject - plotting a novel arc.

In this class you will learn:

- More on the basics of the story arc

- What is emotional context and why is it important in story telling?

- How to bring characters' emotions to life

- How to create filters and establish emotional context at big picture and chapter level.

Through two short exercises you will practice techniques in writing emotions, building your skills towards the final assignment in your class project. You will write a piece of fiction incorporating both plot events and emotional progress.

This only the second in a series of classes. I intend to add one class per month, so watch out for the rest!

Catch up on the first class in the series: http://skl.sh/2e9WcNq

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Charlie's assignments have been really helpful to me as a novice fiction writer. They are relatively simple to complete but the nuances that Charlie asks you to consider are the difference between writing something mediocre and writing something that's really descriptive when it comes to character emotions. Highly recommend.





Charlie Aylett


I've been writing fiction for over a decade, worked as an assoc. editor for a speculative fiction magazine The Colored Lens, and more recently I joined the team at Flash Fiction Online. Passionate about fiction and helping writers to learn. I live in rural France. It's pretty boring but extremely pretty. Perfect conditions for writing, really.

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