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FAST CLASS: Writing Your Story

Lesson 4 of 17

Identify Your Journey

 

FAST CLASS: Writing Your Story

Lesson 4 of 17

Identify Your Journey

 

Lesson Info

Identify Your Journey

I want you to begin to think about moving your story. Identifying your journey. Here comes an exercise. This is one of the best things you can do to identify motion in your story. Write down on a piece of paper I used to, but now I and then fill in some examples from your own life. They don't have to be amazing. It could be. I used to have long hair, but now I have short hair. Um, I used to live in the East Bay, but now I live in Marin. Um, let's look at a few. I used to go dancing on Friday nights, but now I watch TV. I used to be fat, but now I'm sin. I used to be thin, but now I'm fat. I used to drink, but now I'm sober. I used to be married, but now I have a dog. Why? Every one of these is a very simple sentence. Beat beat. But every one of them indicates motion and change. And because of that, each of these is the bare bones, the skeleton off a story that you have to tell and if you keep a notebook of a whole bunch of these, it will inform your writing, and it's another way that y...

ou can go back and identify Ah, big journey that you could take us on.

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Everyone’s got a story to tell. Some are funny. Some are inspiring. Others are tragic. But no matter how compelling your story might seem, it won’t resonate with readers unless you’re able to effectively translate your concept onto the page.

Celebrated journalist, novelist, and memoirist Joyce Maynard will give you the tools you need to transform your brilliant idea into an absorbing memoir that readers won’t be able to put down.

Maynard will begin by walking you through the process of identifying your story and how best to tell it. She’ll then help you develop your story through language, story structure, dramatic tension, dialogue, description, and editing. Finally, she’ll address the challenges of the writing life, such as how to create a productive practice, design a comfortable writing space, deal with rejection, and find an audience.

In this class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Understand the difference between telling what happened and exploring your journey.
  • Figure out what to include in your story and what to cut out.
  • Decide on a point of view, a point of entry, and a structure.
  • Get over your fears of revealing embarrassing truths about yourself.
  • Stop worrying about being judged.
  • Deal with loneliness and find your tribe.
  • Develop the arc of a sentence, a paragraph, and a story.
  • Listen to the sound and rhythm of your sentences.

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