Creative Writing: A Technical Approach<br />A course by Marshal D. Carper<br />with special thanks to Alan Natali<br />
About Me<br />Four books with Victory Belt Publishing.<br />Editor-in-Chief of Lockflow.com.<br />Over 600 articles publis...
Class Structure<br />Week 1: Brainstorming and Drafting<br />Week 2: Perspective, Organization, and Missed Opportunities<b...
Big to Small<br />The Revision Process<br />Macro<br />Micro<br />Surface Errors<br />Word Choice<br />Sentence Structure<...
Revision is a Philosophy<br />The bulk of the writing process should occur in revision.<br />Your first draft—and your sec...
Creativity<br />Creativity can be learned.<br />Imagination is about possibilities.<br />Immersing yourself in other peopl...
Brainstorming<br />Where do ideas come from?<br />Good writers are curious people.<br />You could draw inspiration from bo...
Conflicts<br />Man versus Man<br />Watchmen<br />In Cold Blood<br />Man versus Nature<br />Into Thin Air<br />Old Man and ...
Training Wheels<br />Transplant your character into a new, unfamiliar setting or situation.<br />Example: Lost in Translat...
Prewriting<br />For nonfiction, an outline based on your research notes is important.<br />For fiction, an outline is not ...
Any Start is a Good Start<br />The blank page is your greatest enemy.<br />Do not fret over micro level concerns—sentence ...
Assignments<br />Draft a Story<br />Handwrite from start to finish.  Then type it up.<br />Do not go back and rewrite or f...
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Week 1: Creative Writing: A Technical Approach

  1. 1. Creative Writing: A Technical Approach<br />A course by Marshal D. Carper<br />with special thanks to Alan Natali<br />
  2. 2. About Me<br />Four books with Victory Belt Publishing.<br />Editor-in-Chief of Lockflow.com.<br />Over 600 articles published through Lockflow.com, Ultimate MMA Magazine, Fight! Magazine, and the Escapist.<br />Wrote character dialogue for the Black Sigil, a Nintendo DS game.<br />Contact: mcarper@gmail.com or Facebook. Also willing to Skype.<br />Property of Marshal D. Carper (marshaldcarper.com)<br />
  3. 3. Class Structure<br />Week 1: Brainstorming and Drafting<br />Week 2: Perspective, Organization, and Missed Opportunities<br />Week 3: Developing Scenes<br />Week 4: Openings and Closings<br />Week 5: Active Voice versus Passive Voice<br />Week 6: Sentence Structure<br />Week 7: Adjectives and Adverbs<br />Week 8: Grammar and Usage<br />Property of Marshal D. Carper (marshaldcarper.com)<br />
  4. 4. Big to Small<br />The Revision Process<br />Macro<br />Micro<br />Surface Errors<br />Word Choice<br />Sentence Structure<br />Organization<br />General Plot<br />Property of Marshal D. Carper (marshaldcarper.com)<br />
  5. 5. Revision is a Philosophy<br />The bulk of the writing process should occur in revision.<br />Your first draft—and your second and your third—is a stepping stone, not a commitment.<br />“I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.” –Truman Capote<br />Property of Marshal D. Carper (marshaldcarper.com)<br />
  6. 6. Creativity<br />Creativity can be learned.<br />Imagination is about possibilities.<br />Immersing yourself in other people’s creativity helps.<br />“Good writers borrow. Great writers steal.”<br />Property of Marshal D. Carper (marshaldcarper.com)<br />
  7. 7. Brainstorming<br />Where do ideas come from?<br />Good writers are curious people.<br />You could draw inspiration from books, magazines, short stories, newspapers, movies, music, personal experiences, dreams, other people’s lives, fantasies, mythology, folklore, personal interests, current events, history—the whole of human existence is fair game and then some.<br />Property of Marshal D. Carper (marshaldcarper.com)<br />
  8. 8. Conflicts<br />Man versus Man<br />Watchmen<br />In Cold Blood<br />Man versus Nature<br />Into Thin Air<br />Old Man and the Sea<br />Man versus Himself<br />Fight Club<br />Property of Marshal D. Carper (marshaldcarper.com)<br />
  9. 9. Training Wheels<br />Transplant your character into a new, unfamiliar setting or situation.<br />Example: Lost in Translation<br />Take something away from your character and force him or her to cope.<br />Example: The Great Gatsby<br />Conflicts stemming from love, fear, and betrayal are good places to start.<br />Example: Hamlet<br />What if?<br />Property of Marshal D. Carper (marshaldcarper.com)<br />
  10. 10. Prewriting<br />For nonfiction, an outline based on your research notes is important.<br />For fiction, an outline is not mandatory.*<br />If you use an outline it does not have to be your English teacher’s outline.<br />You do not have to use Roman numerals and bullet points.<br />Developing an outline after you write your first draft is sometimes more useful.<br />Property of Marshal D. Carper (marshaldcarper.com)<br />
  11. 11. Any Start is a Good Start<br />The blank page is your greatest enemy.<br />Do not fret over micro level concerns—sentence structure, word choice, surface errors—when you have not yet conquered the macro level.<br />Eliminate distractions; get away from your computer.<br />Write from start to finish without stopping or looking back. Skip to the next scene if you get stuck.<br />Property of Marshal D. Carper (marshaldcarper.com)<br />
  12. 12. Assignments<br />Draft a Story<br />Handwrite from start to finish. Then type it up.<br />Do not go back and rewrite or fix anything, including mistakes. Move forward with a free writing mindset.<br />If you feel that you are in a corner, scribble in a dash, start a new paragraph, and skip to a new scene.<br />Length is not important. What is important: your story must have a beginning and an end.<br />Required Reading<br />“The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell<br />Next week, we will be analyzing and discussing the organization and perspective used in “The Most Dangerous Game.”<br />We will also talk about identifying and exploring missed opportunities in your story.<br />Reading link: http://fiction.eserver.org/short/the_most_dangerous_game.html<br />Property of Marshal D. Carper (marshaldcarper.com)<br />

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