Posts Tagged ‘Randy Ingermanson’

Randy Ingermanson still helps me when I least expect it. I found his website a few years ago and read some great writing tutorials concerning the ‘Snowflake Method’ and ‘Writing The Perfect Scene’. They helped me get started and solidified a foundation from which I grew. After a few years of writing every morning in the dark (before the kids get up), I felt good about writing scenes. Somehow I managed good conflict in practically every one of them and in each one I also found a way to end on a good dilemma. I patted myself on the back feeling pretty strong about myself and my writing. But eventually I knew I had to take it to another level. I revisited Randy’s site and reread the page concerning ‘Writing The Perfect Scene’. Ha. Somehow I found that all that clever writing I did could fit easily within the proposed ideas he set forth. Even though I hadn’t visited his site in a while, I apparently incorporated his philosophy into my writing and it certainly made it better.
It reminds me of an old Bruce Lee quote about simplicity: “Before I studied the art, a punch to me was just like a punch, a kick just like a kick. After I learned the art, a punch was no longer a punch, a kick no longer a kick. Now that I’ve understood the art, a punch is just like a punch, a kick just like a kick. ” At some point you start using them as tools and you’re not bound by the thought of the structure of everything you have to do to accomplish something that should be simple.
I’m hoping, with Randy’s helpful website, that a scene is just a scene and that I’m on my way to mastering the art.
Check out Randy’s page:
Writing The Perfect Scene

Margie Lawson

Posted: September 17, 2014 in Writing
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Peppi Vecchio
I had read about Margie Lawson on the Internet. Randy Ingermanson is a big fan. Most anyone he pointed me towards turned out to be beneficial. So I kept an eye out for her. I had heard about Margie from other writers too. Then one day, I’m at the Florida Writers Association Conference in Orlando, FL (where I live) and who turns out to be teaching a class? Margie! In one 50 minutes lecture, I took as many notes as I could and committed as much to memory as possible. There was gold in her words. Her ideas about visceral actions sticks with me today. She has many other online writing courses you can choose from, and I plan on digesting all of them. Her teaching applies to many genre’s, not just thrillers. I would love to hear from anyone else who have attended one of her lectures and tell me what they thought.

Check it out: Margie Lawson

Peppi Vecchio
More specifically, writing fiction for dummies – It’s for smart people too. Randy Ingermanson is someone who really helped me build a foundation with which to write from. Reading from his website advancedfictionwriting.com, I was amazed at how simple and yet how strong his base concepts were. I spent entirely too much time trying to gulp down my own book in one massive, complex theory. Ultimately, I bought his book Writing Fiction For Dummies and have passed it on to other people who need to not only learn how to start, but how to refine what they have.
Check it out: Writing Fiction For Dummies