My work in progress was suffering from a severe case of the missing middle recently. I knew how it opened and how it ended. It was everything else between the two that was not coming together for me. So I broke out my Break Into Fiction® materials. These materials consist of a series of templates used to develop a book. The questions on the templates forced me to dig deep into my characters, their goals, motivations and conflicts. My imagination was also stretched so that I thought of unique ways to solve plot problems. Now I'm unstuck and working again.
I’m firmly convinced that the Break Into Fiction® templates can help any writer whether they are plotters or not. Think of the templates as another critique partner who sits down with you to brainstorm and ask those tough questions.
I first became aware of Break Into Fiction® when I attended a weekend workshop hosted by Dianna Love Snell and Mary Buckham. It was an intense weekend of learning how to use their system and digging deep into a book I was working on at the time. Dianna and Mary went on to publish their program in a book called Break Into Fiction®.
The following blurb from the book’s back cover describes Break Into Fiction® best:
“Based on their popular seminars, award-winning novelist Mary Buckham and Dianna Love have created a writing system that anyone can follow. Their innovative Power Plotting method shows how to create stories of depth, excitement and emotion with:
- Easy-to-understand templates that guide new writers through building a novel and show more experienced writers how to elevate their first draft.
- Simple worksheets that help build a strong story one step at a time for any fiction genre.
- Troubleshooting tips that reveal how to identify and fix holes that weaken plot.”
So if you are like me and get stuck periodically or need to add depth to your book, pick up a copy of their book. It is one of those must haves for your writing bookshelf right along with Goal, Motivation and Conflict by Deb Dixon.
If you are thinking about attending one of Dianna and Mary’s workshops, check out the review Sandra Elzie, another workshop attendee, and I created based on our weekend experience. You can find the Power-Punch Your Next Novel article on my web site.
Dianna and Mary have also cooked up another exciting event called Five for Five. This is where multi-genre top authors Sherrilyn Kenyon, Tess Gerritsen, Ed Gaffney, Suzanne Brockmann, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Lisa Gardner, Susan Wiggs...and so many more share tips on writing the week of June 8-12, 2009. Check out the Break Into Fiction® web site to learn more.