I am truly excited to have a good friend and a much admired writer Nancy Stohlman (author of The Monster Opera as well as being the sexy lead singer for the lounge metal band Kinky Mink) talk about her upcoming online workshop.
This event is certainly worth checking out if you are stuck on a manuscript or if you have just always wanted to write a book and it seemed too daunting a task. Nancy can help!!!
NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION #1: FINISH THAT MANUSCRIPT
(AND GET IT OUT INTO THE WORLD) by Nancy Stohlman
4 week-intensive workshop beginning January 6, 2014
FREE preview call Friday, January 3 at 7 pm mst
An Online Workshop on Re-visioning, Publication, Promotion, Taking Risks, Finding Your Readers, Taking Yourself Seriously, and Falling Back in Love with Your Vision.
Are you still sitting on that same manuscript? Are you stuck in the writing phase or in the revision process? Or have you “finished” but not gotten the response you wanted out in the world? Are you not sure what comes next? Most of us are better at starting manuscripts than we are at finishing them. But it’s only when we can conceive, create, and bring our projects to fruition that we begin to master the longer form known as a book.
Each book we write brings us closer to understanding how to write a book. What phase of the finishing process are you in? And…what’s it costing you to not finish?
Three Types of “Finishing”
1. Crossing the Finish Line. In this phase, you’re creating, allowing, and writing yourself to the finish line of that first draft, where you can write The End and give yourself that well deserved glass of port.
In this phase you need the support, motivation, and commitment to get to the end. A first draft is like a lump of clay—it doesn’t have to be perfect, but it does need to be complete before you can start shaping it into the grand vessel it will become.
2. Alligator Wrestling. In this phase you’ve finished a first draft and now you’re in the revision—re-visioning—process. Re-vision. Seeing again. Sometimes it’s hard to see your manuscript with fresh eyes—like looking for your sunglasses when they’re on your head. Yet the true writing magic usually happens in revisions.
In this phase you need new ways of seeing your manuscript differently, both in pieces and as a whole, as well as identifying your strengths and weaknesses as a writer and inviting the potent potential of unexpected possibilities into your work.
3. Becoming a Player. In this phase you and your manuscript prepare to enter the public arena, and the “finishing” has just as much to do with you as a professional. This is the point where we usually long for an agent to swoop in and do all the uncomfortable work of promoting ourselves, but the catch here is that if we want to be taken seriously, we have to start playing seriously.
In this phase you need help with promotional and professional materials including bios, queries, how and why to excerpt, and learning how to avoid the mistakes of looking like an amateur—regardless of your publishing goals.
In this workshop we will explore:
• What’s keeping you from finishing?
• Are your blocks telling you something about your manuscript?
• How to fall back in love with your work and your vision
• Allowing your manuscript to transform
• Publication—is your manuscript ready to send into the world?
• The different stages of “finishing” a manuscript
• Self-promotion—are you afraid of rejection? (You’re not alone.)
• What’s keeping you from taking the next steps?
In this workshop I’ll give you the deadlines you might need, help you structure your writing time into your life, help you transition more easily between creation and revision, and help you become your own best editor. Whether you are planning to submit or self publish, you’ll learn writing tips, editorial and publication advice, how to find and cultivate a readership, how to excerpt and query, and even when to let a manuscript go. And most importantly, you’ll finally rescue your work from the land of obscurity and give yourself the satisfaction of completion.
The workshop format will include weekly online instruction, telephone check-ins, and professional line edits (limited). Both fiction and nonfiction manuscripts are welcome.
$199 tuition (half due upon registration–payment plans available)
*FRIDAY, January 3 at 7 pm MST, join me for a 30-min FREE WORKSHOP PREVIEW.
Contact me for registration information or questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you ready?
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