Topic: THEME, PREMISE and AUTHOR PURPOSE
Level: Beginner / Intermediate
Duration: 4 hours approx
Delivery: Video, Text, PDF
RPWA Certificate: Yes
There comes a time in every writer's life when he or she begins to look at the big picture and ask pertinent questions.
* Why am I writing?
* What's it all for?
And perhaps most importantly:
* How can I become more successful?
Interesting isn't it, that authors rarely get awards for their stories alone. They're much more likely to be praised and lauded because of the issues and the moral stances they encode into their writing and their work.
We all want to write fiction that connects with people in a meaningful way.
But how is this achieved?
When we start out, we often think it's about coming up with great ideas or clever plots or interesting characters but actually, this is only part of what a serious author is required to pursue.
Think of all the famous authors from history - and the modern day. When you have an author in mind you often automatically somehow KNOW their moral viewpoint.
Why is that?
Simple - because their values and their issues are IN THE WRITING, implicit in the text, the structure, in the stories themselves. The authors' humanity is on display - and sometimes whether they wanted it known or not!
Writing is powerful. It can transform a reader. In fact, the best writing should - and does.
Here's what you will learn in this unique course:
Here we examine the reasons why we need to understand theme, premise, and author purpose in order to improve our storytelling skills. Here too we stress why these issues are best dealt with at the planning stage of our story writing. Also, this is where I introduce myself and outline the contents of this "one of a kind" course. Seriously, you're not going to find this kind of coverage anywhere else!
Lesson One: Defining the Terms
Theme, premise and author purpose may mean different things to different people. In this lesson, I explain the quality and nature of each term - as I see them - so that you can then go on to better understand my ideas on story structure and writing from a credible worldview - one that will hopefully resonate with the reading public in a way that an ordinary story may not. Learning this stuff is how we get better, basically!
Lesson Two: What Is a Story Premise?
Here we get into the nitty gritty of good storytelling. How it works and why. The premise is your rudder, your steering wheel, the thing that defines which way you go with your story. Using examples, I show how a good premise doesn't have to be original. But it does have to be original - which means "the same but different" plus should be able to scrutinized and looked at from all angles before committed to and acted upon.
Lesson Three: What is Author Purpose?
In this lesson, we examine how and why writers create stories and whether a working knowledge of theme and premise construction is absolutely necessary. Of course, critics and literary professors would argue that it is but I don't agree. I can show that even some bestselling authors write without agenda and even an obvious moral viewpoint. The main point is to use your motivation and inspiration to creative advantage - and allow your subconscious to help you write fast and with fluidity.
Lesson Four: How To Structure a Story Using Your Theme and Premise
This is a useful template creator. Once you know your premise, writing a structured story may become automatic. In this lesson, we look at characterization, setting, and placing obstacles in the path of your protagonist. Then we ask, how do we consistently create good ideas, and what's the difference between what a hero wants and what a hero needs. Plus, why the distinction is important.
Lesson Four A: Text Based Story Template
Here is an easy yet sophisticated and effective fiction template you can use for any story, no matter how short or long. Many new writers assume that being a great writer is about learning complex rules. Nothing could be further from the truth. Keep it simple. Always.
Lesson Five: Character Arcs
You should always use a template for your stories - no matter how rough they are, even if the finished story bears no resemblance to your original notes. There are many reasons for this, which this course will teach you. This lesson will show that by isolating the character arc, you can ensure that your theme and premise are adequately reflected - again before you begin the writing.
Lesson Six: Conclusions
Here we make sure we understand the definitions outlined. Plus we take a final look at why we, as writers, should ignore critics and simply go our own way. We are the writers, the creators, the people who know how it's done.
Now is the time to make the decision as to whether you are taking this course.
Okay, at first glance this may seem like a dry subject, which is why I've done my best to make it as entertaining as possible.
Honestly, if you take yourself seriously as a fiction writer, this course is full of crucial information you're going to have to know. Sooner rather than later would be ideal.
So, get with the program!
Sign up to the course this INSTANT.
I'll see you in class.
The Writing Academy
PS: See the great 5-Star reviews below!
Definition of the Terms of Reference
What is a Story Premise?
What is Author Purpose?
Structure Your Stories
Intro to Template
How to Create a Simple Story Template
Conclusion + Special Offers
Links to Character Creation and Plotting Courses
If you have ever struggled to tell someone (or even yourself!) what the theme or (gulp) the grand premise of your book is, this is the course for you.
If you have ever struggled to tell someone (or even yourself!) what the theme or (gulp) the grand premise of your book is, this is the course for you.Read Less
very informative and helpful
very informative and helpfulRead Less
The course ... gives very good explanations and examples that clarify premise and theme. I liked the 3-act outline and was surprised that after understanding...Read More
The course ... gives very good explanations and examples that clarify premise and theme. I liked the 3-act outline and was surprised that after understanding the concepts in the course, I was able to easily fill it out using my own story idea... All in all, I got a lot out of the course that I'll be putting to good use.Read Less
As always, another course completed, another course I found brilliant and helpful. Making this a video course was a great idea!
As always, another course completed, another course I found brilliant and helpful. Making this a video course was a great idea!Read Less
Straight to the point, precise and well delivered like all your courses.
Straight to the point, precise and well delivered like all your courses.Read Less
Rob's showing instead of telling works for me... His compact methods work great for a startup. One thing we learned in a class for characters is to go back ...Read More
Rob's showing instead of telling works for me... His compact methods work great for a startup. One thing we learned in a class for characters is to go back into your early years for angst points, fears, and even serious pain. Add fun and positive events for balance. This will help the writer to put authentic emotional connections into the protag and antags. Was mom prone to being tipsy at times or angry? What "one-liners" did you learn from her to shut down hoity-toity nosey neighbors? Some of the best themes come from overheard church harpies gossiping without considering Proverbs-16:18.Read Less
Great course that added a lot to the way I was shaping my novel. It made me bring certain aspects of character and plot to the fore that I had not thought ab...Read More
Great course that added a lot to the way I was shaping my novel. It made me bring certain aspects of character and plot to the fore that I had not thought about. I had a lot of material and I was struggling with working out what was important and what I could cull from the story. This approach made those decisions infinitely easier.Read Less