Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Extra Extra: Margie Lawson's High Energy Interview Series

The Five Scribes are proud to present...

Ask a How-to Author! Margie Lawson’s High Energy Interview Series

Don’t miss these opportunities!

-- Win a how-to book from a writing expert

-- Win a Lecture Packet from Margie Lawson

-- Crawl around inside a how-to author’s brain

Drop by Five Scribes Blogspot on the LAST WEDNESDAY of each month to learn how-to author's factoids and funtoids – and ask questions. Each how-to author will respond to blog comments.

JANUARY 28th: James Scott Bell: Plot & Structure, Revision and Self-Editing

James Scott Bell is the award-winning author of several novels of suspense and historical intrigue. Booklist and the Los Angeles Times compared James Scott Bell to Raymond Chandler and Dasheill Hammett.

A former trial lawyer, James Scott Bell has been an Off-Broadway actor, an actor in commercials, the fiction columnist for Writer’s Digest Magazine, an adjunct professor of writing at Pepperdine University, and author of nineteen novels and two books on writing. WRITE GREAT FICTION: PLOT & STRUCTURE, 2004, is one of the most popular writing books today. His 2008 how-to book, WRITE GREAT FICTION: REVISION & SELF-EDITING, is equally strong and a must-have for writers of all genres.

Upcoming Releases by James Scott Bell:

DECEIVED -- a suspense thriller, will be released in March, 2009

THE ART OF WAR FOR FICTION WRITERS – a new how-to book, will be released November, 2009

Publishers Weekly Review:

“Former trial lawyer and Christy Award–winner Bell (Presumed Guilty) hits his stride in this twist-filled suspense thriller...Dialogue carries the book with rich characters...a fast-paced thriller with its Los Angeles music scene, creepy canyons and a slew of cons. Bell, who also writes nonfiction books on writing, is a master of the cliffhanger, creating scene after scene of mounting suspense and revelation in this heart-whamming read.”

Featured How-to Author for February: HALLIE EPHRON!

FEBRUARY 25th: Hallie Ephron, Writing & Selling Your Mystery Novel

Hope to see you here the LAST WEDNESDAY of every month!

Questions? Want to recommend a how-to author to be interviewed? E-mail

About Margie:

Margie Lawson—psychotherapist, writer, and international presenter – applied her psychological expertise to develop the EDITS System and other Deep Editing techniques. She teaches writers how to add psychological power to create page-turners. A former university professor, Margie taught psychology and communication courses at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. Her resume includes clinical trainer, professor, sex therapist, Director of an Impotence Clinic, hypnotherapist, and keynote speaker.

Margie is an in-demand speaker. In the last four years, she's presented forty-two full day Master Classes across the U.S., in Canada, and in Australia and New Zealand. For more information regarding her Master Classes, on-line courses, and Lecture Packets, visit:


Vince said...

This is fantastic!

I’ve done “How to” seminars for over 30 years. I’m just now getting serious about fiction writing and this program covers both! I love it. I want to support the Five Scribes. Would someone please suggest some of your books I should read and review?

Again, thanks for this program.


Donnell said...

Vince, we're so glad you're pleased! The Five Scribes are so close! But not published (in fiction) that is. We're working hard to achieve that goal. You being here is support enough for now, and also helping us spread the word about topics that interest you! Lots of experience and lots of connections we plan to bring to you!

Vince said...

Hi Donnell:


Anyone visiting this very professional website would surely conclude you were all established fiction authors.

I’d love to help you get more exposure for this site.

In fact, KL gave me a very good idea when she wrote about leaning to write in 30 minute segments.

Well, the way to write productively in 30 minutes or less it to have a list of things that can actually be accomplished in that amount of time. You know, like a cookbook with the title: “49 Nutritious Meals You Can Fix in 30 Minutes or Less – And That Your Family Will Love”.

The plot thickens.

How about this title:

99 Productive Things Writers Can Do in Thirty Minutes or Less*

What “pressed-for-time” writer could, in good conscious, pass up reading this book? The scope of the book is also just about right for conducting a three hour seminar. I know. I’ve conducted hundreds of them.

How about the Five Scribes writing this book? You can get sound advice from the “How to” people coming up soon as guest bloggers. Once you have the book or booklet written, you can then give seminars and/or sell the book at Writer Conferences. (When you’re on the program you get to meet others on the program like: agents, editors, and other authors. Not bad.)

I’ll help you along by contributing the first 33 ideas. I was going to write this myself but, if the Five Scribes were to write it and get the ensuing publicity, that would be fine with me. BTW, if the project had five authors, anyone of you (or combination of you) could conduct the seminars or go to Writer Conferences. You could actually go to more than one at the same time!

Here are some examples of what can be effectively done in 30 minutes or less:

1. work on a character’s profile chart – explain what a chart is.
2. have a character ‘write’ a short autobiographical piece about himself
3. cut and past dialogue you’ve already written into a big file without reference to who is speaking.
4. read the above unattributed dialogue file and try to determine which of your characters is speaking. Check for individual voices. If all the dialog sounds like the same person speaking, then work to fix it.

The important factor here is that there are lots of necessary writing projects that can be accomplished in 30 minutes or less. These projects should be done when you only have 30 minutes. The more time consuming projects should be saved for those times when you have the luxury of more time to write. In essence, don’t do in ‘prime time’ what can be done in 30 minute segments. In appraising this would be called using time in its ‘highest and best’ use.

What do you think? I’ll be happy to email you the 33 ideas I already have. Do you think with the help of the “How to” experts coming in you could produce this? Can the five scribes come up with 66 more ideas?

Think about it. I know from experience that a seminar given with a book or booklet entitled “99 Ways To Do…” almost teaches itself. It is the easiest seminar you can give. The book could even be sold as an Amazon download the way Stephanie Bond does many of hers. (Thanks again to KL for the heads-up on this.)

I’ll be very happy to help you with the project. All I’d like in return is to use the whole experience in my non-fiction book on the romance genre. It would make a great chapter if you could pull it off. Even if you didn’t, the project fits right in with the guests you have coming up in the future on this site.



*”99 Productive Things Writers Can Do in Thirty Minutes or Less” is only a rough working title. It will have to be strengthen for the final product.

Donnell said...

Vince, you are such an idea man ;) And your ideas certainly have merit, but speaking for myself, I'm working on my fiction and coordinating a huge contest. Maybe sometime down the road, but right now my overall goal is to finish my novel and submit it to my agent ;) KL is going to graduate school, and completing a requested novel, Theresa is writing a brand new story and coordinating the Sandy, LA is working full time and writing her novel, and Audra is working full time and writing... so before I speak for any of them :) and live to regret it, I'll thank you very much for your support and suggest that you put those thoughts into seminar format. They are great ideas. Thank you, Vince.

Vince said...

Hi Donnell:

I understand the need to stay focused. I love the creative excitement of starting a new project. It takes a lot of discipline to stay focused on exiting projects when the grass is so much greener in the fields of even newer ideas. That’s why I love short formats.

I’d be very interested if some of the upcoming “How To” experts would have a word to say about the viability of this “How to” project. Perhaps they will read this post.

I may finish it myself and put it on Amazon like Stephanie Bond has done and see what happens. I could even report back and tell you about my experience.

Keep up the good work. I am really enjoying this web site.



Edie said...

Donnell, I'm a Margie fan! I'll be here.