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Am so excited--I got Covet by JR Ward on Fictionwise for $6.79 and got a $3 rebate to use on another book. I hesitated getting the print book because the font is so small. On my iPhone, I can adjust the font and have it backlit. Love!

I was listening to my conference CDs. I've listened to about a dozen, but the one I listened to today is the best so far. It's called "Get Your Acts Together" by Blythe Gifford. She is a pantser but talks about the four act structure (splitting the second act in half after the midpoint). That part wasn't what struck a chord with me, though. She talks about how the character has this life vision and makes all his/her decisions with that vision. It's not until that vision can change, until the character can make a choice using the lesson they've learned in the course of the book, that the character arc is complete. It made so much sense. There was more, too, like the "wobble" in the character that the person himself doesn't see, but that the other person in the relationship sees as the dealbreaker.

I need to listen to it again, and when I'm not driving because it's one of those where you need to make notes so you can understand it better. Let's just say she has me wanting to see "Pretty Woman" (which she used as her example) and I LOATHE that movie.

So, I highly recommend.

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2 comments:

Blythe Gifford said...

Thanks for the mention of my workshop. I'm so glad you liked it!

MJFredrick said...

It really struck a chord with me. Also, is much more focused than most of the others I've listened to!

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