Writing Mastery 1 — Writing with Precision and Entrancing Your Reader

This refers to the audited version of Writing Mastery 1. You will not have access to the weekly calls except in recorded form and Dave will not review your assignments, but feel free to work through assignments with your writers group or friends.

What are the nine most common weaknesses that keep new authors from publishing successfully? In this workshop, Dave will help you identify these problems and overcome them, strengthening your own writing through education and practice. Each topic is addressed in a taped lesson, followed by learning material, recommended reading and a writing assignment. Assignments are to be turned in to Dave for personal feedback. Learn to take your writing from “okay” to “powerful” and then “mesmerizing” in this first Writing Mastery course.

If you’re ready to take your writing to the next step, enroll now in Auditing Writing Mastery 1 — Writing with Precision and Entrancing Your Reader.

Listen to Dave’s introduction to the course and read the descriptions of each of the ten lessons included.

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Lesson 1: From Generalities to Specifics—Many writers compose in vague generalities. For example they use “tree” instead of telling us whether the tree is a palm, redwood or Joshua tree. Learn to focus your writing to convey specific, meaningful information.

Lesson 2: Precision in Character—Create a character’s physical body, interior emotions, major conflicts and dreams, family background, hopes and fears, recent history, and so on. By the time you’re done, you’ll have a character that comes to life.

Lesson 3: Precision in Setting—Learn to apply more than a dozen techniques to bring any setting to life.

Lesson 4: Beats in Dialogue—Focus first on having characters speak interesting dialog, then add the descriptions that bring the dialog to life.

Lesson 5: Argument—Discover the importance of arguments in your prose, learn to create an argument and escalate it in interesting ways.

Lesson 6: Hooks—Learn eight different types of hooks for a chapter opening, and how to choose the best one, while possibly integrating more hooks as necessary into your scene.

Lesson 7: Narration—Learn to narrate a scene in beautiful, fascinating ways.

Lesson 8: Metaphors and Similes—Create powerful metaphors and similes to bring your tale to life and inspire your audience.

Lesson 9: Theme—Identify the themes in your novel, learn how to do deal with them and how to tease them out for a tale that reaches deep into the hearts and minds of your readers.