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Storycrafting 11: How Work in Progress is killing your Work in Progress

February 13, 2020


  A game for authors or other busy people who need to get sh*t done. In my day job, I coach teams on how to be more collaborative, and more productive. And by “productive” I don’t mean get more work done, I mean create more high quality outcomes. But that is a subtly that perhaps […]

Storycrafting 10: Free Association

October 24, 2019


In his book Zen and the Art of Writing, Ray Bradbury famously discussed his “noun list” writing technique. It’s been regurgitated many times. I first read about this in the preface to either Something Wicked this Way Comes or Dandelion Wine when I was 12, and of course forgot it for a good 40 years. […]

Storycrafting 9: Panster vs. Plotter

September 24, 2019


In the various writing groups I belong to the question of  “Are you a panster or a plotter?” recycles with regularity. A “panster” is a person who sits down to write without a predefined outline; in counterpoint, a “plotter” outlines first. In my own experience this is a continuum: some stories come to me whole, […]

Storycrafting 8 – Story Starter Worksheet

April 25, 2017


A while back I wrote I Have an Idea for a Book/Movie, I admit it was a bit rough. But when I got stuck on a story recently (for like 2 years), I decided to take my own advice and create a worksheet for the story to see if I could diagnose the issue. This […]

Storycrafting 7 — “I Have an Idea for a Book/Movie”

November 17, 2016


Get the Worksheet Idea, Situation, Concept, Premise & Theme the Storycrafting Prequel People say this to me all of the time “I have an idea for a story…” I bet you do, because you are an intelligent, creative person and I respect you. And I can predict how the conversation goes from here. Either you […]

Storycrafting 6: What Engine Drives Your Story?

November 7, 2016


That is the famed Offenhauser engine by the way, the power plant for Indy cars generations, the only one I’ve ever seen. One thing that is really important to writing, but is rarely discussed, is the “engine” that makes stories work. What is the engine? I first heard about it here. It’s a theme, character […]

Storycrafting 5 – Mapping Die with a Human Heart Part 2

May 20, 2016


This post was kind of a follow along to Storycrafting 4. I had not really looked at Propps Narramemes until I was editing this series of posts. It was basically free content to try it out, and it was a very surprisingly good fit. Storycrafting 1 – The Hero’s Journey Storycrafting 2 – Assembling a […]

Storycrafting 4 – Mapping Die with a Human Heart Part 1

May 19, 2016


Mapping Human Heart to the Universal Monomyth Grids from Storycrafting 3 Previous blogs on this topic. Storycrafting 1 – The Hero’s Journey Storycrafting 2 – Assembling a Story Storycrafting 3 – Comparing Various Versions of the Hero’s Journey I think this horse is pretty well beat, but I thought I would just take one of my […]

Storycrafting 3 – Comparing Various Versions of the Hero’s Journey

May 17, 2016


My Hero Can Beat Up Your Hero Storycrafting 1 – The Hero’s Journey Storycrafting 2 – Assembling a Story “If there is a magic in story writing, and I am convinced there is, no one has ever been able to reduce it to a recipe that can be passed from one person to another. The […]

Storycrafting 2 – Assembling a Story

May 16, 2016


In which I pontificate out loud hoping that if I can’t solve your story problems, at least I can solve mine. Storycrafting 1 Dream Storming Almost all of my stories start with dreams. Only recently have I been able to consciously craft a story from an idea. For example, a while ago I was in […]