Monday, September 28, 2015

Monday Music 101

Hi, everyone.

This week's Monday Music is the cover of Writing's on the Wall by Sofia Karlberg. Hope you enjoy!



Happy Monday!

Katie

Monday, September 21, 2015

Monday Music 100 (with #PitchWars Surprise!)

Hey, everyone.

Yay! It's the 100th Monday Music post! WOO! Thus, I'm going to share more songs than just one today. All of these are from the playlist for a fantasy WIP I've been playing with. (Also, look to the bottom of this post if you're a Pitch Wars mentee!)

Aaron Wilde - Legacy

Linkin Park - Easier to Run

Sofia Karlberg - Shameless (cover)

Halsey - Trouble (Stripped)

Epic Score - Always With Honor

Five random, completely gorgeous songs. I hope you enjoy them!

As for Pitch Wars mentees... I'm doing a blog series with you guys for the month of October! As there are more than 100 of you, I thought I'd group you together for each post, asking you a few fun questions. Thus, please fill out this form to the best of your ability: Pitch Wars Mentee Interview Questions

Please note: I will only take the first 30 mentees who respond! I wish I could take more, but I don't have enough time between balancing school and my mentee's manuscript.

Happy Monday!

Katie

Monday, September 14, 2015

Monday Music 99

Hi, everyone.

This week's selection is called Hold Me Down by Halsey. Hope you enjoy!


Happy Monday!

Katie

Monday, September 7, 2015

Monday Music 98

Hi, everyone.

This week's selection is called Return from Darkness by Two Steps From Hell. Hope you enjoy!


Happy Monday!

Katie

Sunday, September 6, 2015

#PitchWars Homework

Hi everyone!

Contrary to what my title is, this homework is fun--I promise. When I was a PitchWars mentee in 2013, my mentor gave me this assignment, and it is one of the best lessons I've ever had for writing. It forever changed the way I plot my books and my character arcs.

I've given this assignment to my own mentee, but I thought I would share it with you, too, especially since my feedback to those who subbed to me will be weeks in coming.

There are three parts to this assignment. The first part is to watch a series of videos (found here) about the Seven Point Plot Structure. They're by Dan Wells, an author published with Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins. Watch all five of the videos (all found on the link I provided) and take notes, do some further research, have some fun learning about this method of plotting. It's well worth it.

The second part is to do further research on character arcs. I provided my mentee with three links, pasted below:
http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/character-arcs-1/ (this website is a well of information, so feel free to click around!) 
http://www.veronicasicoe.com/blog/2013/04/the-3-types-of-character-arc-change-growth-and-fall/ (in this, as you read, try to figure out which type of arc fits with your main characters)
http://www.advancedfictionwriting.com/blog/2010/12/28/putting-a-character-arc-in-your-novel/ (in this one, pay special attention to the five parts of the character arc mentioned)

The final part of the homework assignment, after watching the five videos and reading the links I provided, is to write up the character arcs AND plot of your main characters AND manuscript in the Seven Point Plot Structure format. After you've written it up, share it with critique partners, if you want! See if they can give you any feedback. Maybe you'll learn something new about writing, or figure out a plot knot that you were having an issue with before. Lord knows I certainly did. :) 

If you have any questions, please feel free to comment!