Month: November 2014

Cornucopia of Thanks

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The Black Irish Books crew, Steven Pressfield, Callie Oettinger, Jeff Simon and I (mostly Steve, Callie and especially Jeff) put together a really cool Thank You promotion for everyone who takes time to read our stuff at www.stevenpressfield.com and here at www.storygrid.com.  You can check it out here. Included in that Thank You promotion is… Read more »

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The Foolscap Method

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It took my friend and business partner Steven Pressfield thirty years before he published his first novel. If he had to boil the thick slurry of reasons why it took so long, he’d tell you that it took that long to figure out how to write a single foolscap page. Years ago Steve was a… Read more »

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Plot Driven or Character Driven?

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What comes first when you set out to tell a Story? The kind of plot you want to tell or the lead character you have in mind? This question is the equivalent of that old debate about whether something is plot driven or character driven. The distinction is meaningless really as a character’s actions are… Read more »

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Going Deep

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Why do I make a distinction between external and internal content genres? The reason why is that today’s storytellers, especially long form television writers and series novelists, must have both components of genre content to make their work compelling and sustainable over six or seven years of series television or ten to fifteen series novels…. Read more »

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Genre

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As we’ve reviewed over the last few weeks, the Structure and the Content genres in our Five-Leaf Genre Clover are intimately entwined. No matter how you slice it, Archplots and Miniplots require foundational quests. In turn, these quests require External conscious and/or Internal subconscious objects of desire. The ways in which the writer reveals those… Read more »

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Story Fuel

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We’ve now taken a global look at Genre (1, 2, and 3) and dived deeper into the three Story structures and their relationships to the external and internal worlds of protagonists (1, 2, and 3). Hang in there, I almost fell asleep myself after writing that last sentence. When is this blathering going to get… Read more »

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How Stories Claim Lives

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If Archplot is the structural backbone of the External Content Genres and Miniplot serves the Internal Content Genres (see Genre’s Five Leaf Clover), what’s the deal with the third structural genre, Antiplot? This is the kind of question a Story nerd like myself loves to noodle. It’s like asking a Pittsburgh Steeler fan to compare… Read more »

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The Inner War

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While the Archplot is the stuff of tent pole action movies and master detective murder mysteries, Miniplot is most often associated with the literary Story culture. See The Autodidact’s Dilemma for more about the literary and commercial cultures in book publishing. The content genres most associated with Miniplot are the Internal ones—Status, Worldview, and Morality…. Read more »

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