As I've been prepping, there's several parts that are screaming for audience participation. The only problem is, I'm worried that people might think I'm weird. Or a few croutons short of a salad if you get my drift. I mean, if someone is teaching you about building suspense and anticipation and has a large pin in their hand, would you be scared to be asked to come up and be an "assistant?" Or, if we're talking about fight scenes, wouldn't it be more fun to "act" things out? Oh man, my imagination is running away with me.
I even made a handout for my class. Want to see it?
Creating Kick-Butt Conflict Using Action and Suspense
by Julie Coulter Bellon
Conflict and suspense are two of the reasons we get lost in a book. No matter what genre it is, we want to see what’s going to happen and how these characters will overcome the obstacles facing them. Yet, sometimes writers don’t focus enough on keeping the tension taut and their readers in suspense. These conflict techniques will make your writing compelling to any reader, draw them in, and keep them reading.
The Whole Point of the Story
What’s Your Problem?
Raise The Stakes¾As Kenny Rogers Would Say Know When to Hold ‘Em
The Clock is Ticking¾Have You Created Suspense and Anticipation?
Is It Over? Resolution or Twist? Tips on What to Do and What to Avoid
Deus ex machina
Writing Nuts and Bolts¾Choose Your Words
The Tension Chart
Character Goals and POV
Tips for Writing Action Scenes
The Domino Effect
Juggling the Action
True to Life
As you can see above, I even used my Kenny Rogers reference! I am so excited about this class. I wish you all could come. I mean, if you read that handout, wouldn't you want to come to it? Maybe I should have jazzed it up and put a graphic of a bomb under the table or something. Hopefully it's as fun and interesting in real life as it has been to prepare for it. And that people think it's helpful. Cross your fingers for me, okay? And maybe send good thoughts to the people I rope into being my "assistants." *evil grin*
What are you going to do this weekend? Anything fun?