No Coasting Allowed

Last week I attended a workshop at West Texas A&M University. It’s a Writers Academy and the class I took was Screenwriting Structure for Novelists by Alexandra Sokoloff. I’ve been a pantser in the past but have figured out I need a bit more ‘structure’ in my writing. Alex’s techniques have filled in the gaps for me.

This class was exactly what I needed for my next story. I had a general idea of what I wanted to do in it (can you say extremely vague?), but didn’t even know where the story would end. That’s highly unusual for me. Now I can say I know not just where the story will begin (NOT where I’d originally thought, btw), but also where it’ll end. And boy is it a dynamite ending! 😉

Did I mention I made some fantastic new friends? The members of the class were great. They helped work out plot points for everyone else’s stories, along with Alex. I have to give a big kudos’s to her. She managed to pull minute details out of all of us, no matter where we were in the story or in our writing careers.

By Friday afternoon I was totally brain dead. 🙂  That’s okay, though, because I’ve got tons of notes and the basic outline of the sequel to Grave Secrets – Revealing Secrets. Yah! I can’t wait to write Cat’s story.

Thanks a lot, Alex! Couldn’t have done it without you. I REALLY appreciate your work…and patience with me. You made me step up to the plate and I feel so much better for it.

Linda Trout


About Linda Trout

I'm a retired accountant who loves a little space around me. What better way to think of new story ideas than under a tall tree, birds chirping, gofers digging, dogs barking, and cats demanding to be in your lap? When I'm totally bored, I climb on my Harley and go for a ride. That'll blow the cobwebs out of your brain.
This entry was posted in A Writers LIfe, Writers Conferences, Writing and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to No Coasting Allowed

  1. jolenenavarro says:

    Yes, it was an amazing class and you had to do your homework, because you knew you would have to explain you next Act. No passes where allowed. ; D

    • ltrout says:

      Nope. No passes were allowed. Or as Jodi says, “No excuses!” It might have taken me two-thirds of the way through the class to get my act together, but feel I ‘finally’ did. And it was amazing how much better I felt afterward. I’m so grateful for Alex and her ability to work with everyone.

      Oh, shoot, Jolene. I just remembered the pictures. So sorry. I’ll download them tomorrow and get them sent to you.

      Btw, thanks for stopping by my blog. 🙂

  2. Debbie Haggard says:

    Linda, I met you today at the tag office. I was just wondering when you’re book signing are & if you can buy your book there?

    • ltrout says:

      Hey, Debbie! My first book signing in Tulsa will be from 1-3 on August 25th at Steve’s Sundry on Harvard. You can either get it from me then, or you can order it from or get it on Amazon. If you go to Amazon, be sure and search for Grave Secrets by Linda Trout. That will take you right to it.

      It was great meeting you today and I hope you enjoy my book. ♥

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s