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Top Ten Plotting Problems and How To Solve Them
by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, May 4, 2004
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On Saturday, May 22, 2004, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers presented Alicia Rasley and her one-day seminar.

Alicia RasleyEven the best writers encounter problems in plotting and in linking plot and character.  Alicia Rasley helps participants create or improve a coherent plot by teaching how to chart protagonist's journey, charging up character events and actions, and connecting it all with a powerful theme and meaningful motifs. The Top Ten Plot Problems and How to Solve Them is an interactive workshop that helps participants find and fix plot's problems.

This seminar, hosted by the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, was designed for both the novice and the seasoned, well-oiled professional and included:

  • Plotting the Beginning, the Middle, and the End
  • Author Motivation v. Character Motivation
  • Scenes on Fire!
  • Passive Protagonists
  • Pincushion Plotting
  • Conflicting Conflicts
  • Stitched‑together Stories
  • Clichés and more Clichés
  • Missing Motivations
  • Boring Beginnings, Limping to Conclusions, and More!

About the Speaker: Ms. Alicia Rasley is a Rita-award-winning author and internationally known writing workshop leader. She has taught at the university level and in workshops throughout the US and Canada. She received an MA in English from Butler University. Her writing articles have been widely published and samples are available at  She lives in Indianapolis with her husband and two teenaged sons. She is the author of:

  • The Story Within Interactive Plotting Guidebook, 1999
  • The Reluctant Lady, Kappa Books, 1998
  • Gwen's Christmas Ghost, Zebra/Kensington, 1995 (written with Lynn Kerstan and Winner of 1996 Rita)
  • Lessons In Love, Zebra/Kensington, 1994 (written with Lynn Kerstan and Julie Caille)
  • Poetic Justice, Zebra/Kensington, 1994 (Romantic Times Certificate of Excellence)
  • A Midsummer's Delight, Zebra/Kensington, 1993 (nominated for the Romance Writers of America Rita Award, and Romantic Times Best Regency Award, winner of Regency Rake of the Month Award)
  • A Royal Escapade, Zebra/Kensington, 1992 (nominated for the Regency Plume Award of Excellence, winner of Regency Rake of the Month Award)

E-mail for questions about future programs. 

Rocky Mountain Fiction WritersRMFW offers four things essential to writers: 1. Support for each member, published or unpublished. 2. Education through critique groups, workshops, programs, & our annual Colorado Gold Writing Contest. 3. Access to agents and editors from major publishing houses via our annual Colorado Gold Conference. Recognized as one of the best in the country! 4. Monthly news & articles through the Rocky Mountain Writer. The official newsletter of RMFW. RMFW has more than 400 members, including more than 50 published novelists, spread across the Rocky Mountain region. For more information please contact Terry Banker at: WWW.TerryBanker.Com



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