Story Structure Case Study of ”Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”

I love these case studies where they break down the plotting points in books we all know and love. A great way to learn the technique. Check this out! ❤

In this post, I will show you the Seven Point Story Structure in a case study of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, written by J. K. Rowling.

Source: Story Structure Case Study of ”Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”

The Basics of the Seven Point Story Structure: and How to Use It – The Writing Kylie

Will do!

 

An excellent discussion on the 7 Point Story Structure… try it. It might work for you! ❤

The Seven Point Story Structure is named so because it consists of seven important points that build the story from beginning to end.

Source: The Basics of the Seven Point Story Structure: and How to Use It – The Writing Kylie

Colorado Garden Update July 2016

Just as I promised back in early June, here is the status of my Colorado gardening experiment. The other day, we got this cool sign to hang in our living room. I really love it!

I am learning much about the climate and elevation. I spoke with a neighbor the other day and she was telling me how babies born here in Colorado Springs are born at a lower birth weight. The elevation affects their development. That got me to thinking about my vegetables. They are a tad smaller than normal.

Tomatoes and squash

Left to right: peppers, mint, and zucchini

Left to right: peppers, basil and a small zucchini, peppers

My tiny harvest: green pepper, orange cherry tomatoes, and a small zucchini

We have tremendous heat. It has been around 90 degrees F. daily now for a couple of weeks. My garden began to explode with growth. I thought the thunderstorms were torrential in the South. They are nothing compared to the storms that brew over the Rocky Mountains.

Last night, the wind howled and torrents of rain lashed at our windows. A couple of times, I feared they would break. The lightning was the most spectacular I have ever seen. Just south of us, there were reports of golf ball sized hail. Windows were blown out of houses. Numerous cars sustained hail damage. Hail piled up in the streets!

This is a picture of the hail from just south of us, courtesy of the KKTV Facebook page

The storms here are violent. Here’s a great PDF article about the climate in Colorado and how the mountains dictate what happens to our weather.

So, all in all, I would say my gardening venture is working out. The veggies might be smaller, but that doesn’t affect the taste.

Have a great weekend. I am still in editing mode. Thanks for stopping by!

#WQWWC – Writers Quote ‘Thursday’ Writing Challenge – “Believe”

Hey, EVERYBODY! It’s that time again! Time to join in the “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge,” co-sponsored with Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes, right here on silverthreading.com and myself, Silver Threading!

I lost my head this week and literally thought it was Ronovan’s week! Ah well, what do you do? Thanks for being patient with me. That is what happens when you have fifty things happening all at once.

The best part of this whole situation is it made me realize (again) all the great participants we have who take part in this challenge each week.

So today, I am honored to share Vashti’s post, called “BELIEVE.” I was so taken with her writing and in the selection of her theme, that I would like to thank her by using her theme this week. Thank you, Vashti! ❤

Please use #WQWWC on Twitter so we can retweet you and spread the inspiration.

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on our blogging event called the “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge!

Ronovan and I are really enjoying all the creativity that has been blossoming from this challenge. There has been fascinating science fiction stories, poetry, and even a song or two!

BUT WAIT!

If you like the OLD Writers Quote Wednesday where you selected a quote and talked about the author of the quote you CAN still do that. The quotes are a pathway to find inspiration in your writing. You can write whatever you would like as long as you include your quote with your piece. You can write poetry, music, share songs, write flash fiction…

This is your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer. Do you feel like your writing is getting stale? Are you looking for inspiration to keep writing? Then you have come to the right spot!

Each week we will include a theme for anyone who needs additional inspiration. You don’t have to follow our theme if you don’t want to. It is optional.

You have from this Wednesday until the following Tuesday to participate!

In fact, Ronovan and I alternate each week with a themed prompt post written on Silver Threading. This will give you a different perspective weekly to keep your inspiration flowing.

Here is the link to last week’s post from Ronovan.

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR BLOGS TO FOLLOW… I have included the entries from last week with the theme of “HOPE” (Please click on their name to visit their blog to read their contribution)

Ellen Best 24

Lady Lee Manila

Judy E Martin

The Writer Next Door

Always A Writer

Two on a Rant

Annette Rochelle Aben

Method Two Madness

Magnanimous Word

I Maniking Blog

A Cooking Pot & Twisted Tales

Morpeth Road

Daily Echo

Postcard From a Pigeon

Weaving Gold

Randoms by a Random

Silver Threading Fairy Whisperer

WELL DONE!

This is my week, and Ronovan will be back next week to share his theme with you.

THIS WEEK’S THEME IS “BELIEVE.” (belief, or any form of the word)

So what do you do?

You can use FotoflexerPicmonkey, or Canva.com, or any other program that you wish to make your own images. Click the links to go to the programs.

Each Wednesday (this week it was posted on Thursday), we will post the prompt and all you have to do is take part! You have from that Wednesday until the following Tuesday night to share your creativity inspired by a quote. We will share your posts on social media for added exposure.

I’ve reused one of my favorite quotes from Roald Dahl about believing in magic. And yes, it is no secret about how much I adore anything magical. But just think about the kind of life you might have if you never believed in anything magical or worse yet, you lost hope…

This rainbow actually appeared during a thunderstorm here in Colorado last month. The definition of the double bands is awe inspiring. I know this rainbow is caused by weather phenomena that involve moisture and sunlight. So, close your eyes and just think for a moment, if you were an ancient human and saw this same sight.

It would be magical! How could you not believe in magic after seeing such an amazing sight?

Believe in rainbows and look for the magic. It’s right there in front of you.

Hugs and see you next week when Ronovan will dazzle you with his talent!

I’m LATE For a Very Important DATE!

Sorry everyone! I literally got caught up in life and did not write this week’s #WQWWC post.

So, tomorrow (Thursday) will be the day.

Life caught me by surprise.

My apologies and hugs to you all!

From 101 Creative Writing Exercises: Symbols and Symbolism in Fiction | Writing Forward

I am BIG on symbolism in my writing. Check out this excellent read about how to incorporate symbolism into your story! ❤

In this excerpt from 101 Creative Writing Exercises we look at symbols and symbolism in fiction writing.

Source: From 101 Creative Writing Exercises: Symbols and Symbolism in Fiction | Writing Forward

Political Dirt – A Haiku

The Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #107 words for this week are “Pie & Dust.”I must say, these are some interesting choices from Ronovan this week! I bet he wants pie! I wonder what kind?

These words just seemed to gush out of me! I used grime, for the word, dirt. The word pie was able to stay just as it was… I sill wonder what kind of pie Ronovan wants. J

On a more serious note, I can’t shy away from the political turmoil in our country right now. Both sides think they are right. So, it is with little imagination that I wonder if they are both wrong. Change is a powerful motivator of people. I get that. What bothers me is the vitriol that is slung around between people who really don’t even know each other.

Social media is horrible. I am seriously thinking of leaving Facebook. People who I admire and respect have turned into monsters. I can’t figure it out. Since when did it become wrong to have differences?

Here is what I know… we should never discuss politics and religion. We will never agree.

Why do people think it is alright to say how they feel, but do not want to hear the other side? When you spread political discourse and hatred, all it does is divide us as a people, and a nation.

The amount of truth in political posts is seldom the real truth. Be vigilant. Look up the facts. Then, keep it to yourself. No matter what you say, you will NOT change other people’s opinion.

Please stop the hate. We are not enemies. We are Americans.

6 Plagiarism Gaffes That Will Make You Gasp | Grammarly Blog

EXCELLENT discussion on plagiarism. Well worth the read to understand a complex issue… ❤

With the revelation of Melania Trump’s alleged plagiarism of a 2008 Michelle Obama speech, plagiarism is suddenly front-page news. Although this may be the most…

Source: 6 Plagiarism Gaffes That Will Make You Gasp | Grammarly Blog

How Not to Get Overwhelmed: Picking Your Publishing Platform(s)

Excellent information for NEW or soon to be INDY Authors! Thanks, Rachael Ritchey. ❤

Rachael Ritchey

Platforms

This is the sixth article in the series: How Not to Get Overwhelmed with Indie Publishing. Below is the list, including links to the subjects we’ve already covered. Today’s topic is publishing platforms. These apply to most countries for accessibility as far as I know, but since most of my research has been about my own publishing, some of the info I share may only be useful to US authors.

Main Types of Book Formats

  1. ebook
    1. epub
    2. mobi
    3. pdf; etc.
  2. paperback
    1. varying sizes
    2. I prefer 5.25 x 8
  3. hardbound
    1. varying sizes
    2. I prefer 6×9

Depending on how you plan to make your book available you…

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Melting point – #WQWWC

Sue shows us TRUE HOPE. Please read this excellent poem and learn about Nick’s story. He is a shining beacon of hope to us all!! ❤

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

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It was already hot, only dawn and I’m melting

The sun in the heavens is already pelting

I want to crawl into the fridge to keep cool

I am staying indoors, I am nobody’s fool.

*

But in that I am wrong, for I do have a duty…

My son is my boss though, in that there is beauty.

He will understand that I’m achy and hot

He is bound to be gentle with Mum, is he not?

*

He’s all bright and smiley, he likes the hot weather,

I’m wilting and limp, but I keep it together…

“Let’s garden today,” said my son and employer.

Is that in my contract…perhaps get a lawyer?

*

He feeds me with honey for energy levels

Then says something nice, he’s a sneaky young devil

He plies me with compliments, even says ‘please’…

Then I’m out with the rose bushes, spiders and bees.

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