Hello, I’m Madeline and I’m a Plotting Dork. (Mumbles from crowd: ‘Hi Madeline’)

Morning lovely people!

I’m bubbling with joy because on September 16th, I’ll be in Leesburg, VA for the 2017 Publishing Summit where I’ll give a 90 minute workshop on plotting

Did I have you at ‘Publishing Summit?’ REGISTER HERE.

Here are topics I’ll cover:

  • Understanding Aristotle’s theory of drama in 5 minutes.
  • How and when to use backstory and flashbacks & how to avoid info dumps
  • What’s the difference between action arcs, narrative arcs, & character arcs–and how should you use all 3 of them in your story?
  • What if your plot doesn’t fit the hero’s journey?
  • Fun ways to brainstorm your plot with friends
  • Why are endings so hard? What’s a coda?

Why should you take this workshop if you’re an advanced writer and already published? It’s a stretch to say that one workshop is ideal for every writer, yet many published authors are very intuitive when it comes to writing.  The downside with being an intuitive writer is that when you get stuck at some point in your novel you’ve no idea how to analyze what’s wrong and fix it. This workshop will help you to clarify your understanding of the elements of narrative structure so you’ll have a knowledge base to lean on in times of trouble.  Register now.

Madeline Iva writes fantasy and paranormal romance.  Her fantasy romance, WICKED APPRENTICE, featuring a magic geek heroine, is available on AmazonBarnes & NobleKobo, and through iTunes.  Sign up for Madeline Iva news & give aways.

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Heroines of Destiny!!!

I’m going to be at Festival of the Book in just a few weeks time.  I’ll be moderating a wonderful panel called ‘HEROINES OF DESTINY’.  The title alone inspires me in about a hundred different ways.

How do we regard destiny as romance readers?

How do we in America feel about forging your own destiny? How do other cultures look at destiny?

What do we enjoy as romance readers about a woman fighting her destiny?

And–especially for paranormal readers–what are the joys of accepting one’s special destiny when one is –fill in the blank here–

  • becoming a shape shifter
  • fated true love of an alpha hero
  • turned into a vampire

Ooooh, it’s gonna be so good! Can’t wait to talk to the other authors about these fun topics.  I’ll be joined by Pintip Dunn–NYT bestselling YA author, Margaret Locke–who writes time travel historicals (sorta), and Natalina Reis, who writes what I would call alternative culture fantasy. (I.e. not just Ye Olde English fantasy).

You’re going to come and see us, right? ; >  You won’t regret it if you do.  As usual, all SFF and Romance panels are free to the public.

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