Writing Workshop: “The Help”

Okay, I know it’s corny but I can’t help hearing the Beatles’ “Help, I need somebody. . .” lyrics right now. Sing along if you know it!

About a month ago I had an idea for a blog series that combined two of my great loves: reading and writing. One of my favorite bloggers, Larry Brooks of Storyfix.com, was posting a series on deconstructing “The Help.” Perfect! I thought. I can commit to reading this title that I’ve been ogling and learn about novel writing at the same time!

I’ve mentioned my novel-writing dream before. Maybe some of you have a similar dream. If so, join me as I read and reflect on “The Help,” guided by Larry’s expert break-down and analysis.

Here’s how it will work:

Start with these posts for some general background:

Getting Ready For “The Help”

The Flip Side of “Concept”

Deconstructing “The Help”

Part One

This covers chapters one through six, so if you’re playing along read (or re-read) those chapters.

Then read these posts by Larry:

Ripping Into The Opening Act

“The Help”–A Closer Look at the First Plot Point

As I read each part, I will post about it both in general and as it pertains to my understanding of story structure. I will be doing this on an accelerated schedule, so look for at least two posts a week in this series.

The next post discussing Part One will appear on Thursday.

Whether you’ve read it or not, join the fun at any time! Leave a comment, blog about your own experience, email me with your thoughts/questions. . .or just silently follow along.

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4 Comments

  1. I’ll have to play catch-up because I’m behind on some app reviews, but The Help was one of my favorite books last year.

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    • Well, it’s taken me awhile to even get a copy, so there’s no rush for anybody!

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  2. Looks very organised…..it appears you changed your home page, good job

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    • Thanks!

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