story structure

  1. TashaHutchison

    Lecture Wordy Writer - Day 1

    Happy Friday! Welcome to Wordy Writer's mini intensive workshop. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our organizer. For the next three days, we'll go through most of the organizer, but you will create the bones of your blueprint. So let's get started. Always feel free to refer to...
  2. TashaHutchison

    Lecture Welcome to Wordy Writer Mini Intensive!

    Wordy Writer LLC is excited to spend the next three days with you all to introduce you to our Wordy Writer Organizer. Wordy Writer LLC. has only the writing process in mind to make your life easier. It's Wordy Writer LLC's goal to take on the hard part of outlining your story, so you as the...
  3. terrimain

    Craft Understanding Story Structure and Plot with Terri Main

    When we come to discussing plot, most of the time the discussion veers into a question about how to go about plotting. We have wagon wheels, heroes on journeys, snowflakes growing in a fractal universe and all sorts of other techniques. Often, it is a debate between planning approaches. Do you...
  4. K

    Craft Story Structures: One Shape Doesn't Fit All! with Kate Freiman

    This workshop explores story structure models from Aristotle's and Sid Field's 3-Acts, to Shakespeare's 5 acts, The Hero's Journey's 12 steps, Save The Cat's 13+ Beats, and several other less well known ones. The genres and sub-genres best suited to each story structure model are suggested...
  5. terrimain

    Craft Developing a Premise and a Story Arc with Terri Main

    We combine Premise and Story Arc into the first course. The premise forms the foundation and a way to test the story idea which leads to creating a story arc. Here's the description of the course: You have an idea for a novel, but it takes more than a vague idea to have a viable story premise...
  6. Catherine Peace

    Lecture Lesson 14 - How Much Does Your Reader Actually Need to Know?

    This lesson might very well be the trickiest of the bunch. As storytellers, it's our prerogative--nay, our duty--to make our narratives as detailed as we possibly can. After all, we're making sure these worlds come to life, jump off the page, and lodge themselves in the reader's mind. Why else...
  7. Pamela Jaye Smith

    Lecture Lesson Three - Beyond - "Mythic Statements"

    LESSON #3 – Mythic Statements Pamela Jaye Smith Mythic Themes help align your story and give it internal integrity and universality. But it does not stop there. There are more Mythic Tools available to strengthen and enhance your story. Some of the most important have to do with dialogue...
  8. K

    Homework Week II Exercise II

    Exercise: Look through your story and identify the greatest problem, the one with the highest stakes for your character. Examine each scene in your story. How is that problem touched on in that scene? Have the complications escalated in some way as you move toward the climax? Is there a...
  9. K

    Discussion Week I Lesson I What Is Conflict

    Week I What Is Conflict? Look up conflict in a Thesaurus and you’ll find some of these synonyms. Conflict = Tension—Discord—Argument—Dispute—Friction—Dissent—Struggle It has been said that what a writer has to do is put his protagonist in a tree and throw rocks at him. Make it hard for...
  10. terrimain

    Lecture Plot and Character: An Indivisible Union

    Too often I hear authors say things like. "My story is more character oriented" or "My story is plot oriented." It's as if they think the two are somehow mutually exclusive. NEWSFLASH!!!! STORIES MUST BE PLOT-ORIENTED AND CHARACTER-ORIENTED!!! You can't separate them. If your...
  11. terrimain

    Lecture Story Structure Before, During, and After Writing

    Think about your novel’s plot like a destination rather than a roadmap. The story structure may be planned in advance, discovered during the composition, or adjusted during the editing. In most cases, all three apply. The story structure, adjusted to the standards of a given genre, needs to...
  12. terrimain

    Discussion Welcome to Story Structure/Introduction

    This will be a busy course. We will be covering a fairly large topic in two weeks. I encourage you to post the homework, even if you don't get them done the day or two after the assignments are announced. They will help you understand the material. Please introduce yourself in this thread...
  13. Jordan McCollum

    Lecture Lesson 5: Structural Failures of the first half

    I know we're still catching up on previous lessons, but we still have a lot of new material to cover as well! Is your story's structure as strong as it should be, as it needs to be? Check to make sure you don't have the most common structural failures in the first half of your story, and learn...
  14. Jordan McCollum

    Homework Assignment 3: Story structure

    Here's the worksheet to help you pin down your story's structural milestones! As always, these assignments are optional, but doing them is the best way to make sure you get the most you can out of the course. Feedback from other participants and from me can also make your story stronger!
  15. Jordan McCollum

    Lecture Lesson 3: Story structure

    What's structural editing without an understanding of story structure? Let's dig in and find out how to make sure your story won't collapse! Password: pi31415 Credits Music: "Impending Boom" by Kevin MacLeod (imcompetech.com) via CC Background photo: "Blueprints for Willborough home" by...
  16. Stevens7_2000-yahoo.ie

    Genre Writing the Thriller with Steve Shrott

    In this workshop, you’ll learn how to construct a thriller from beginning to end. Some of the topics covered are: What is a thriller and why are they so popular? The many different categories of thrillers Secrets of creating commercial story ideas Developing a ‘hot’ plot How to start your story...
  17. JDLIPTON

    Craft Writing Fiction: Plot and Structure with Jacqueline Lipton

    Many writing workshops focus on writing beautifully polished first chapters, but often there isn’t time to cover the rest of the plot/structure of the novel. Critique groups that focus on individual chapters or scenes often also lose focus on the overall plot and structure of a narrative. It can...