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Helping Beginning Writers Conceive, Write, Publish and Market Their Novels.
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Saturday, January 28 • 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Conflict Is Everything (No, It’s Not)

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Conflict is everything.  Every moment of a successful novel, from the first scene to the final resolution, is driven by conflict.  There should be conflict on every page.  If a page goes by without conflict, you’ve lost us.  However fascinating your topic, your scenery, your characters, if there’s no conflict, then there’s no movement.  There’s nothing for us to fear, or cheer, or believe in.  There’s no emotional investment.  A page without conflict is the page at which we will set the novel down.

There are the big conflicts, of course, with shouting or violence, and this seminar will talk about how to deliver those to greatest effect.  Even more importantly, however, this seminar will teach how to create mini-conflicts in every scene and every conversation, engaging readers in the emotion of every moment.

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David Walton

David Walton is an internationally bestselling science fiction and fantasy author with five novels in print.  His debut novel TERMINAL MIND won the 2007 Philip K. Dick award for the best science fiction paperback novel published that year.  His historical fantasy series starts with QUINTESSENCE, published by Tor Books, and his near-future science fiction thrillers, starting with SUPERPOSITION, are published by Pyr Books. His next book, THE... Read More →

Saturday January 28, 2017 4:30pm - 5:45pm

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