Monday, March 9, 2015

WTP Faculty Interview: DiAnn Mills, Fiction Instructor

DiAnn Mills will be teaching the continuing class for those interested in writing fiction. Her class is titled: The Dance of Character and Plot. She has answered some questions below.
Thanks, DiAnn.

About DiAnn:

DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian Fiction category for Firewall.

Give a brief description of your continuing class.

Writing is an adventure, an exploration of what a character will do to accomplish a goal. I want writers to know their characters as close friends—to laugh, cry, celebrate, identify, and share the happenings of their lives in an entertaining story. This continuing class will challenge the writer to reach deep to expand novel-writing techniques. The writer will learn the art of fiction and the hows and whys of applying advanced characterization to story in a hands-on environment.

What will be the biggest take-away from your class?

The writer will learn various techniques to master characterization and deepen plot. 

How can someone best prepare to attend your class?

Concentrate on a character that will not let you go. Jot down specifics about the character and bring those to class. Have your laptop available or a means of note-taking. This class is for the serious novelist no matter the level of writing. 

Anything you would like to add? 

We’ll work through lots of handouts. In short: Story is a blend of The Dance of Character and Plot. Let the Dance begin.

On the Web:

Write-to-Publish will be held June 3 – 6

in the Chicago area.

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