Last week’s post, I mentioned going to a weekend workshop with the fabulous Margie Lawson. We focused on adding Character Emotions, and part of that included her EDITs program. I promised to share what the pages looked like, so here you go:
I won’t go into detail about each aspect of the colors. Frankly, I couldn’t explain it nearly as well and it would be a disservice to try. To really learn this program, you have to take Margie’s class or download a packet. It’s not just what she teaches you, but the way she teaches it and the examples she uses to drive her message home.
But what I can tell you is that once I’ve highlighted according to what she taught us, I can look at a page now and know what it’s missing. Sometimes (rarely) it’s not missing anything. But the amazing thing about this is that fixing these pages is getting easier.
When I sat down this week to start highlighting the latter chapters in my historical (Yes, I decided it was worth it. I want the story to be the best it can be.), my husband watched in horror. He said just watching what I was doing made him shudder.
And then I explained it to him.
Suddenly, I could see him studying the pages in a different way, too. I picked up one page that was highlighted in a puddle of one color. (This is bad, by the way.) The first time I picked it up, I thought — but she’s locked in a room by herself. How can I change that? I tried to defend it. So when I told my hubby what this page represented, he asked how I could fix it.
And I was surprised at how easy it was to figure out how to do just that. What elements I needed to bring on the page, how easy it would be, actually, to fix that awful puddle-y page. Fixing that page now will take me about a half hour. Before this class, I could have stared at the page and rewritten it five times without truly understanding what I needed to change to make it stronger, more compelling. I have Margie to thank for that.
Now if any of you have every taken her class, you’ll likely recognize that there’s a color missing on most of these pages. Anyone guess what that is? The color is orange — and you’ll have to tune in next Monday to discover what stopped me from putting it on my pages. 🙂