Month: May 2015

Hitting the Wall

Storygridding The Tipping Point

So we’re making some solid progress with our Foolscap Global Story Grid for Malcolm Gladwell’s Big Idea Nonfiction book, The Tipping Point. I confess that the bottom three quarters of my Foolscap page for The Tipping Point gives me great anxiety. Why? Here’s where we stand:

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Big Ideas

Storygridding The Tipping Point

A few posts back, I wrote about the conventions and obligatory scenes in a Big Idea work of Nonfiction. One is what I call the Blatant Controlling Idea. Now we’re at the place on our Foolscap Global Story Grid where we’ll want to jot down the controlling idea/theme of The Tipping Point. Once we’ve completed… Read more »

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Nine Must-Haves

Storygridding The Tipping Point

Here is our progress so far on our Foolscap Global Story Grid for The Tipping Point. We’ve just begun to fill out the “Obligatory Scenes and Conventions” we’ll need to abide.  Remember that the reason why we list the OS and Cs is to have a list to source and identify exactly where the writer… Read more »

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Unknown Unknowns

Storygridding The Tipping Point

We’re storygridding The Tipping Point. Why are we doing this again? The reason why we want to storygrid the book is to discover how Malcolm Gladwell crafted an indelible story…one that not only sold millions of copies, but also changed the way we view our world. Story Grids are the blueprints/CT scans that teach us… Read more »

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Mea Culpa

Storygridding The Tipping Point

From the last post, we’ve sussed out the required hero/s, victim/s, and villain of the Action Adventure Story in The Tipping Point. These three cast members are indispensable for the Action Genre, a component of the Content leaf on Genre’s Five-Leaf clover. Without having hero/s, victim/s and a villain in The Tipping Point there was… Read more »

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Hero, Victim, Villain

Storygridding The Tipping Point

Malcolm Gladwell describes The Tipping Point as an intellectual adventure story. Beyond the appeal of the phrase…it connotes both high and low on the old Literary and Commercial spectrum…what does he mean by that? Like literally mean by that? Let’s go back to The Story Grid’s GENRE section and look again at what the Action… Read more »

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