Michael Hauge’s Story Mastery Workshop

kept the West Houston chapter of Romance Writers of America® entranced yesterday.  Hauge is primarily a screen writing consultant and teacher, but he has become very popular with RWA chapters and his workshop at the RWA National Conference in June was a big hit.  I skipped that two-hour session because I knew I’d have the chance to see him here, and for a full day at that.

Only one or two people in our group of more than sixty raised their hands to say that they were actually interested in writing screenplays, but Hauge’s Six Stage Plot Structure, Key Components of Story, Story Concept Template, and Four Categories of Primary Character are thoroughly applicable to novel writing.

It was a long day.  When Michael Hauge gives a presentation, he gives it his all, and yesterday that covered seven hours (not including breaks) packed with information.   I’m not usually a note taker, but I filled up five sheets of paper (both sides) with truly useful ideas.

As you would expect, Hauge uses films as examples for his theories of story structure.  He sent ahead a list we might want to brush up on, and as a result I watched one movie that was already on my DVD shelf (The King’s Speech) and two that I might otherwise never have seen, Shrek and HitchThe King’s Speech deserved every one of those awards and nominations it racked up, Shrek is delightful (and Donkey is a stitch), and I found Hitch perfectly charming.   One of these days I’ll rewatch all three, with Hauge’s comments in mind.

If you have a chance to see Michael Hauge in person, I urge you to do so.  If that’s not possible, check out his Story Mastery web site.  It’s full of free-for-the-reading articles, Q&As, and writing misdemeanors, along with a variety of books, cds and dvds for sale. (Selling Your Story in Sixty Seconds was the most popular yesterday.)

Needless to say, I barely kept my eyes open long enough to add a couple of hundred words to my WIP last night.  Today I had to do my grocery shopping, laundry, bookkeeping, etc.  I read and judged another contest entry and returned two of them to the coordinator (I have two left to do), and I still need to do at least a little bit of writing, if ony to keep up my current hundred-words/hundred-days streak (today is 127).  60,751 words and counting.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Cheryl Bolen
    Nov 14, 2011 @ 13:59:08

    Hey, 60,751 words is very good! You’re coming down the stretch.



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