Below is a catalog of blog posts from my Craft Thursday series, where I tackle topics on the craft and life of a writer. Have a topic you’d like me to tackle? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.Also be sure to subscribe to my Youtube channel, where I regularly post vlogs about writing topics.
WRITING LIFE POSTS:
Inspiring Yourself Into Inertia
An MFA and the Mid-Career Author
Let Go Of Your Story
Jaye’s Writing Hacks
The Journeyman Writer
Playing God with a .38 Special
The Habits of Happy Writers
Time Ain’t On Your Side
Message from the Liminal
Restriction and Creativity
Trust the Ghost
KIT–Keep It Together
Be More Bendy
Live a Little
Protect Your Zone
More Thoughts on The Zone
Want Control? You Already Have It
The First Book Quandary
Horse, Bird, Muffin, Pegasus
CRAFT OF WRITING POSTS:
Jaye’s Office Hours: Research
Must-Read Craft Books
The Juice is Worth the Squeeze
Old Dog, New Tricks
On Stereotypes, Empathy, and My “Gypsy” Shame
Ten Things About Revision
Using Synesthesia to Keep Descriptions Fresh
Writing a Great Hook
Humor and Other Painful Topics
Seen Any Good Stories Lately?
When In Doubt, Flash
Picking Up the Pace
Stupid Writer Tricks
Interested in having Jaye come speak at your writers’ group, conference, school, or workshop? Below is a list of topics and workshops offered. Most of these talks may be modified to fit different time slots or audience experience levels. For more information, please email email@example.com.
Delivering Your POPs and Payoffs
Good stories don’t happen by accident. To master the art of delivering satisfying tales, writers must learn how to effectively make story promises in Act One as well as how to deliver satisfying payoffs by The End. This class will explore the types of promises you must make from the first line of your story, demonstrate a variety of tools you can use to make those promises, and offer strategies to avoid cheating your readers out of satisfying payoffs. Length: 2 hours, but can be modified to fit shorter or longer time slots.
Mastering the Scene
Scenes are the building blocks every every great story. In this workshop, Jaye will share her strategies for building compelling scenes that deepen characterization and ramp up tension. She’ll address using beats to craft scenes, the proper place to begin and end scenes, and weaving scenes together to craft an amazing story. Interact elements can be added to this workshop to analyze scenes from students’ existing work or a group activity of breaking down scenes from bestselling books.
Nurturing Your God Complex: A Crash-Course in Worldbuilding for Speculative Fiction Writers
Teaches the how to establish rules for your fictional world, world building on the micro and macro levels, pitfalls of world building, creating a bible to keep track of your world, as well as brainstorming tools. Length: 60-90 minutes
Master Your Universe: Worldbuilding for Everyone
Most people believe that worldbuilding is just for science fiction and fantasy writers, but all genres require some level of world construction. In this class, Jaye teaches the difference between building macrocosms and microcosms and which approach works best for each of the different genres. She also shares her “Travel Agent” technique for creating complex and layered worlds for your stories. Genre writers who want to take their stories to the next level will benefit from learn how to make their settings come alive as well as how to have their worlds support and deepen character development and plot. Length: 60-90 minutes
Fighting Demons: Internal versus External Conflict
Explores the distinctions between internal and external conflicts, as well as the importance of combining the two to create riveting fiction. Length: 60 minutes
Jaye shares her best tips and tricks that add impact to sentences, scenes and stories as a whole. The strategies include tips for powering up sentences, effective revision strategies, and how to build tension. Length: 1 hour
The Writer’s Epic Journey
Explores the process of writing a novel from idea to revisions using the Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey as a template. Includes Jaye’s ten tricks for revisions, as well as her list of stupid author tricks to make your manuscript sing. Length: 3 hours, but may be modified to fit a 90 minute time slot.
The Five Ps of World Building
Teaches the basics of world building. Length: 30-60 minutes. Excellent for school groups.
Plotter, Pantster, or Puzzler?
Teaches the various approaches writers use to construct stories, and introduces Jaye’s process of Puzzling a story using an organic approach to writing combined with story boarding. Length: 60-90 minutes