Lynda.com — Writing Fundamentals: The Craft of Story

Visit the world-renowned tech, business and creative inspiration web site, Lynda.com, to view my video tutorial, Writing Fundamentals: The Craft of Story. It's a step-by-step guide to what a story is and how to write one. While it's a pay site, there's a free seven day trial -- so you can watch the course, and then not opt in. But . . . the site is fabulous, and addictive. So rather than warning you about the fee (which is minimal), my warning is this: You might spend way more time on the site than you intend.

Here's the description of Writing Fundamentals straight from Lynda.com:

In this course, Lisa Cron digs into the craft of writing a compelling story based on what the brain is wired to respond to in every story we hear. Whether you're writing a story from scratch, or revising your story for the umpteenth time, this course offers practical how-to advice, then illustrates it using before-and-after examples. Discover how to craft a first page, zero in on your story's point, create empathy, find a character's secret goals and inner issues, translate generics into specifics, write for suspense, create cause-and-effect connections, build momentum and tension, and deftly implement setups, payoffs, flashbacks, subplots, and foreshadowing.

Topics include:

  • What is a story?
  • Hooking your reader
  • Feeling what the protagonist feels
  • Being specific
  • Creating suspense and conflict
  • Writing flashbacks and subplots