Month: June 2015

Casting the Thriller

Story Grid Bonus Material

For today’s Story Grid Bonus I’ll run down the core cast list of The Silence of the Lambs and analyze how they abide the cast requirements of The Thriller. Here are the core Thriller archetypes in Harris’ novel: Hero Villain Mentor/Father/Mother Figure Love Interest The World Colleague Dead Bodies or Victims The Hero is the… Read more »

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Writer as Casting Director

Story Grid Bonus Material

The next couple of Story Grid Bonuses are about how to best approach creating your global Story’s cast of characters. How do you convey the three dimensionality of your lead character? How do you move them from cruel to loving? From reserved to demonstrative? From weak to strong? Active choices under stress are what reveal… Read more »

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Contradiction

Story Grid Bonus Material

Today’s Story Grid Bonus is about how to create believable three dimensional characters. After deciding what the core WANTS (the conscious objects of desire) and NEEDS (the subconscious objects of desire) are for your protagonist and antagonist, you should turn your eye to each character’s traits as compared to their true character. A quick definition… Read more »

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Traits and Character

Story Grid Bonus Material

I’m still in the lab working up my Story Grid Spreadsheet for The Tipping Point. I’m feeling good about it, but as you know, Story Grid Spreadsheets require a hell of a lot of blue-collar work and numerous runs through the material to check and re-check your analysis. In the meantime, there are a whole… Read more »

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Writing as Internal Geiger Counter

Podcasts

Still in the lab working up my Story Grid Spreadsheet for The Tipping Point.  Here’s Part Deux of my interview with Kristin Costello for her show “Wellness Talk Radio.”  If you’d like to listen to the interview instead of reading the transcript, you can hear it here. What made this chunk unique was Kristin’s interest… Read more »

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Writers and Self-Flagellation

Podcasts

I’m in the lab working up my Story Grid Spreadsheet for The Tipping Point this week, so I’ll be featuring a transcript of an interview I did with Kristin Costello for her show “Wellness Talk Radio.”  If you’d like to listen to the interview instead of reading the transcript, you can hear it here. What… Read more »

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In the Weeds

Storygridding The Tipping Point

My last post, Hitting the Wall, struck a chord with a number of readers and I’ve received a lot of incisive comments about my views on the Five Commandments of Storytelling and their application to Big Idea Nonfiction. So first of all, I have to thank everyone who took the time to go down that… Read more »

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