Plotting, Character Development, and World Building
Thank you for joining us in this creative journey. Please remember these workshops are free, and all you need to participate is a pen or pencil and a notepad. Of course, you can always use a computer. This year The Calm Scribe is offering three interconnected workshops to help you in your writing. Join for all three or choose any combination! Please note: These sessions will be held via Zoom.
How much are the workshops? FREE! These workshops are being presented as a part of a celebration of national arts and culture!
Are the workshops family-friendly? Yes, these workshops are family-friendly, as well as fun and informative for all ages.
Why should I Plot or Outline my story? You don't have to plot. You can write by the seat of your pants, but knowing basic story structure can help you pants your stories better. Whether you are a Panster or a Plotter, knowing how to create an outline and plot structure can help avoid the dreaded plot holes and keep track of lazy characters. Some people use a map, and some have the route memorized. Stop by for a refresher.
What do you mean by Character Development? Having a super, amazing, jaw-dropping idea for a character is great, but being super awesome doesn't matter if the character is not developed. What are their internal and external drives, their flaws, and beliefs? For your character to transform, you need to know from where they start. Plus, we will discuss how deep to develop the character. Do we need a C.V., a resume, or a post-it note?
What is World-Building? World-building is the act of creating a world for your story. The length of the story often dictates the depth of building. The longer the story or series and the more complex the narrative, the larger the build. World-building dictates the magic systems, political structure, faith systems, characters, technology, medicine, laws, and much more of your story. It is the set of your story. The more detailed it is, the deeper the experience and buy-in.
Why is World-Building important? You can be in a white room or you can be in a lush cavern with the aroma of flowers mingling in the air, dancing to the soft echoes of water dripping from the ceiling into small puddles. You need to paint a picture to make the reader feel as though they are in the story. Knowing how your world works, looks, smells, and functions is an important step in hooking your reader. As a bonus, the more developed the world-building, the easier it is to write in that world because you already know how it functions.
Do I need any special tools or programs? No, you do not need to have (or purchase) any of the programs listed below or any other special tools. You can plot with a program or index cards, just as you can world-build in a notebook. The programs listed above are the programs mainly used by The Calm Scribe, which is why they are featured in the sessions.
What programs will be used during the workshops? Zoom: The workshops will be hosted on Zoom. The link will be sent the day before each session, along with interaction, microphone, and video use details and instructions. (For more information, visit Zoom.) Plottr: Plottr is the visual story outlining and plotting software that will be used in the workshop. (For more information, visit Plottr.) World Anvil: This is a website that will be used to create and explain world-building. (For more information, visit World Anvil.)
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