Month: April 2015

Ethos, Logos and Pathos

Storygridding The Tipping Point

Now that I’ve categorized the global genre of Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point—Big Idea Nonfiction—and the conventions and obligatory scenes generally associated with that global genre, I need to think about the foundational building blocks of Big Idea Nonfiction. Why do I need to know the building blocks now? Before I’ll ever be able to… Read more »

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What’s Next?

Storygridding The Tipping Point

What I’m going to write about next is something that you’ll either be very excited about…or you’ll find infuriating.  For the infuriated, I’ll completely understand if you hit “unsubscribe.” No hard feelings. There is nothing more upsetting than someone telling you that he can help you solve your problems (My big Help Me, Help You!… Read more »

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For the Ramen Noodle Eaters

Story Grid

We’ve come to the end of the line for the meat and potatoes of The Story Grid: What Good Editors Know big textbook content. The book will be available to all of you at a special price, along with some other goodies, sometime during the week of April 27th at Black Irish Books.  I’ll make… Read more »

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The Final Tweaks

Story Grid

So, we’ve tracked the entire scene-to-scene movement of The Silence of the Lambs in terms of its external and internal values. And we’ve identified quite a number of places within its scenes where Thomas Harris has abided by the conventions and obligatory scenes of his chosen global Story—the serial killer thriller. We’ve also tracked the… Read more »

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The Ending Payoff Story Grid

Story Grid

At long last, we come to the Ending Payoff of the novel. But Before I jump into it, I’m pleased to report that dedicated Story Grid Story Nerd Joel Canfield has created a forum for all of us to share Story Questions, Ideas etc.  I’m just one guy, so it’s fantastic that Joel is opening… Read more »

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The Middle Build Story Grid

Story Grid

Next comes the MIDDLE BUILD, the longest and most challenging section of a novel (about 50%) to keep the reader in suspense. You’ll not find a finer execution of a Middle Build than The Silence of the Lambs. Using our Foolscap Global Story Grid and our Story Grid Spreadsheet, I’ll do the exact same thing… Read more »

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