Escalating Emotion Workshop Handout

Escalating Emotion in Commercial Fiction Writing

One of the first rules we learn as romance writ­ers is that the Emotional Conflict between the hero and the herWaterhouse painting of woman sleeping in a chair with a book in her lap.oine must not only be com­pelling enough to car­ry the rela­tion­ship to its inevitable sto­ry con­clu­sion, but that the Emotional Conflict must also esca­late expo­nen­tial­ly.

This is actu­al­ly true of all Commercial Fiction.   Whether you’re writ­ing Science Fiction or Westerns or Paranormal, the con­flict between the Protagonist and the Antagonist (whether Godzilla, Mom or the Ghost of Christmas Past) must be emo­tion-based in order to dri­ve the sto­ry.

Escalating Emotion Workshop Handout

Below you’ll find a pdf of the hand­out for the Escalating Emotions work­shop I gave at the 2014 Willamette Writers Conference.  Along with an anno­tat­ed exam­ple sto­ry, the chart lists the steps of Christopher Vogler’s Writer’s JourneyMichael Hague’s Screenplay Structure and James Scott Bell’s Writing from the Middle.

Use the chart as a ref­er­ence for struc­tur­ing your sto­ry — not as a bible.

WW2014 Escalating Relationship Workshop Handout

Home Library Bookshelves — Ideas and Tips

Bookshelves for Your Print Library Collection

Too-tall tomes!  The most clever thing we did when we had book­cas­es built into our 20-bay home library was to have the cab­i­net design­er make eight adjustable book­shelves for each bay instead of the usu­al six.

Author Linda Needham's curly, medium sized black dog in the foreground with wall of filled bookshelves of Linda Needham's home library in the background.

Author Linda Needham’s Hound, Pippa the Portuguese Library Dog

As you see in the pho­to, the two extra shelves allow room for those tall books or mag­a­zines to lay side­ways, spine out. That way we don’t waste ver­ti­cal shelf space with a few tall books sit­ting on the same shelf as stan­dard height books.
Pippa of the Library Chair agrees!