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Welcome to the Help Me Create a Page Turning Novel Workshop. In this course, writers will be taken through a four week course that will walk them through the steps to write a novel. At the end of the course, writers will be ready to write their next best seller. The workshop helps the writer get their ideas from their head on to paper so that they can prepare for the organization of their story. 

The course starts on September 1st, 2019 ending on September 24th, 2019. 

Writers will also join a Facebook group to interact with the other writers, networking and discussing various topics. Get the help you need in starting and finishing your novel!

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-Your Literary Mentor

Dominique

Motivational Monday: Follow the Inspiration

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We’ve all got one or maybe two inspirational leaders that we look up to. Maybe they are in the industry in which we service or in a completely different industry. Either way, we’ve come in contact with someone that encourages, motivates and inspires us in a serious way.

As we walk into a new week, let’s learn to follow the inspiration. Wherever is comes from, social media, friends, family or even your favorite inspirational influencer, follow the motivation. Allow it to keep your grounded and focused and never let up.

Be sure to stay connected to what keeps you on your toes everyday. Whatever gets you out of the bed everyday…follow it!

-Your Literary Mentor

Dominique

How to Tuesday: Develop Subplots

Hello Readers!

Subplots are what I like to call the peanut butter and jelly to a PB&J. If the main story is the bread and we ate it alone, it would be a dull and dry sandwich.

Subplots are a secondary strand of the plot that is a supporting side story for any story or main plot. Subplots support the main story and sometimes the main characters or the sub characters. When one is wanting to develop a subplot, here are a few things to analyze

  • Is there something going on in the main character or sub characters life that can take on a life of its own, yet can’t stand alone without the main story?

If so this is a good subplot. Let’s say for instance Mary is a suspect in murdering her best friend. But she’s also the sister of her best friends husband. Her double life is the subplot. Let’s go a step further and say that Mary is a detective who is well respected in her community who is working on a case about the abduction of a single mother whose husband is most likely the culprit. But Mary is also a contract killer.

  • Is there a situation that is going on in the story that runs along with the main story?

If so, this is a good subplot. Insert your character into this situation. Make your character deal or solve this problem while solving their main problem, which is the main plot.

In order to create subplots, you have to first have built and created good characters. They need to be complex, have issues, have problems. Basically, they need to be human. You have to be able to pull something from them. Going through a divorce, a subplot could include emotional issues. Have abusive tendencies, you could create a subplot about this person abusing another character.

Another way is to pull subplots from the main story. If you had a story that was based off a woman getting over a heart break, you could include her now trying to be a single mother to a son who’s being rebellious, skipping school, having sex, being disrespectful. At the same time, her mother finds out she has cancer. She is then told that she has a new job where she is making three times what she’s currently making but the job is four states over. See the dilemma? The idea is to create conflict. So if you are struggling with sub plot development, you must create conflict within a situation or a character but make sure the characters are authentic, or the conflict won’t be true to your story or your character.

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-Your Literary Mentor

Dominique

The Importance of Business Mentorship

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images-9I’ve had the pleasure of having many people who have been there done that in business help me get to the next level…we call them mentors.

It’s very important to have a mentor in whatever business you are in. It’s hard to find now a days, to be honest. Too many people are afraid of others who are on their tails for the title of success and no one wants to share. But every now and then you find someone who’s willing to be of help.

Having a mentor is also good because they can answer questions you may not have been able to answer yourself.  Business mentors should push, motivate and encourage you in business. When you find the one mentor to give you what you need to succeed in business, make sure to build on that relationship.

Now having a mentor doesn’t mean you need someone in any type of business to help you. It’s better to find a mentor in the same business you are in. If you are in design and your mentor is in construction, the two of you won’t be able to relate much. Finding a mentor in your own business field is a must. You can find a business mentor by simply making connections with people in your line of work or hiring someone who’s speciality is mentoring.

Anyone can be a mentor but people feel more comfortable with someone who has some years invested in what they are doing, someone who has some experience under their belt. Build your resume to reflect your experience. Make yourself welcoming and open to mentoring.

Whether you are looking for a mentor or looking to become a mentor, think about this one important thing: Help is always needed. Accept it and/or provide it! Remember where you were a few years ago in the beginning of your business…looking for help and wondering how to get started.

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Your Literary Mentor

-Dominique

The ABC’s of Becoming a Writer Part One

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I’ve created the ABC’s of breaking into the literary field. I figured this would be a great way to kick off a new week. I have split the ABC’s into two days. So you can view half of the alphabet today and then the other half on Wednesday.

Enjoy!

Advice

You can never receive too much advice. Get it as much as you can from any source you can get it from. You do not have to follow in the footsteps of someone else nor do you have to do exactly what someone else has done. Keep in mind they have been there, done that. Take what you can and put your own twist on it.

Brainstorm

Continue to brainstorm and come up with new ideas. Take the time to do this as often as possible. Whatever your comfortable writing zone is, when that time comes, embrace it and collect your thoughts. Use your notebook to write down your ideas so that you don’t forget them. Brainstorming is a great way to produce a new writing project

Consistency

One thing readers do not like is a writer who is all over the place. Be consistent in what you do. Whether it’s releasing books, producing a newsletter or updating your status on Facebook, continue to do what you do and keep it going.

Drive

Being an author is hard work. It’s one of the hardest self-employed jobs today. By our own drive and motivation, we control how much money we make. You must have drive and a go getter attitude to make it as an author. Be ready to get in the driver’s seat and put the gear into drive when wearing the author hat.

Expect nothing less

There’s nothing wrong with having high expectations as an author. As long as the expectations are realistic you are on the right path. Expect nothing less than what you expect for yourself and your career as an author. Others need to know that you mean business!

Forgiveness

Humor me. You gotta forgive those that don’t believe in you now because later, they’ll regret it! Onward!

Genre

Don’t be confined to one genre. As an author it’s okay to dabble into other genres. Although you may not be an experienced author right now, after you’ve been comfortable in your genre of choice, try dabbling into other genres. Also remember, that your audience may not take the change so it is risky.

Help

As with advice, get it as much as you can from wherever you can. Having someone on your side through this journey is always helpful, preferably someone who has published a book or two before you.

Initiate

This simply means to initiate any type of connection with others. Introduce yourself to people and get to know them. Start networking. Email people and tell them about you. Join groups and be the first to say “Hey, get to know me”

Jot down everything

Write down everything that comes to mind. Keep notes. These will come in handy during those late nights when you have the writing juices flowing.

Keep Writing

You will come to a point where the writing will get dull. You’ll seem to not have any more juice in you and you have no motivation. Keep Writing. Keep pushing. It will get better. Learn to self-motivate!

Learn to hear the word NO

In this business, you will have to fall many times before you have that one success. Accept hearing the word no but don’t settle for it.

Good stuff right? Wednesday I will be back with the remaining letters of the ABC’s of Becoming a Writer. Share this article! Every writer needs this little boost of motivation!

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Your Literary Mentor

-Dominique