I love learning with HTHI students.
The NaNoWriMo writers are nearing 15,000 words! At this point, they’re in pretty deep and noting that problems inevitably arise when working to sustain an interesting storyline. It seemed like the perfect time to try out one of the classes offered by San Diego Writer’s Ink. Not only is SDWI nearby (in Liberty Station), but the class we found was taught by Mark O’Bannon, a writer who specializes in the same genre that all of our NaNoWriMoers are writing in: sci-fi/fantasy/adventure. During his course, “How to Fix a Story,” he demonstrated specific techniques and strategies for fixing a story. He recommends checking out John Truby’s Anatomy of Story course for more resources. He also noted the first twenty minutes of the pilot episode of Breaking Bad as exemplary storytelling.
It was a GREAT class that left Collette, Miles, Jacob, and I eager to rework our stories! We plan to determine whether or not our stories contain the “seven steps of classical story structure” during our next meeting.