Master The Writer's Trifecta – Character, Emotion, & Action with Editors Kelly Delaney and Dr. Mira Reisberg
Random House/Knopf Editor Kelly Delaney Editor and Clearfork/Spork Editor and Art Director Dr. Mira Reisberg guide you through Character, Emotion and Action--the three foundational aspects of writing magical and marketable children's books.
This is where it all begins. whether you are writing fiction or nonfiction - your main character(s) or subject is key. You need to start with this first critical element and then let it guide you through your writing.
If the reader doesn't feel for your character(s), or care for them or your subject, you have a dead story.
No one will want to read on. No one will empathize. No one will care. No one will be curious enough to want to find out more or even more importantly, desperately want to turn the page to find out... WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
It is important that you pay attention to your character's feelings and fears as well as how you want your readers to feel about your subject or characters. Be prepared to evoke some emotions and make us care!
The famous educational theorist Paulo Freire once said something to the effect of words without action is just blah. Now he was referring to activism to help poor people and children around the world. But the same can be true of storytelling.
If you just have talking heads, and not much happening, your story will be as flat as a flounder. This is where plot or action comes into play. You want to engage your reader by making things happen. Things that connect to your characters or topics. Things that get your reader's hearts beating or mind's racing with excitement, fear, empathy, humor, or just plain curiosity or delight.
We'd like to encourage you to go through your manuscript or ideas and see where you can use the Writer's Trifecta to heighten the strength and appeal of your characters, add more emotion and make the reader feel for or against your characters, AND add more action to keep us on the edge of our seats. This highly informative mini-course ends December 31st 2021!