Month: August 2015

Ten Thousand Hours

Storygridding The Tipping Point

Malcolm Gladwell, back in 1998, faced the same writing dilemma we do today–having “easy” access to the nuts and bolts of book publishing, but struggling with whether we’re good enough to make use of the opportunity. As he sat down to the pile of rough “Tipping Point” book materials on his desk that would be… Read more »

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The Stakes

Storygridding The Tipping Point

When contemplating a writing project, let just one question guide you: What’s at stake? Not just what’s at stake in the Story—if it’s not earth shaking, find another one to tell—but what’s at stake for you personally. If you could skip the project and forget about it the next day, it’s not one to devote… Read more »

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Staring Down the First Draft

Storygridding The Tipping Point

Let’s pretend you’re Malcolm Gladwell. It’s midish-1998.  Google won’t start up until September.  Facebook is more than five years away.  The Kindle launch is almost ten years away and not one publisher sees eBooks as a viable product. In August, Amazon.com publicly acknowledges that it plans to sell more than just books and CDs. Everything… Read more »

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The Micro Story

Story Grid Bonus Material

With your Foolscap Global Story Grid road map and a thousand cups of coffee, you’ve reached THE END.  Now what? Now is the time to send your writer half of the brain on a long vacation and hand over the Story keys to your inner editor.  He’s going to create an indispensable spreadsheet that will… Read more »

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The Macro Story

Story Grid Bonus Material

Editors (and Writers!) must master the Macro of Story.  The Foolscap Global Story Grid is a simple one-page map to figure out your Story’s final destination are more importantly how to get there. Part 3 of 5: The Foolscap Global Story Grid Shawn Coyne: So now that we have a pretty clear understanding of what… Read more »

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Genre Review

Story Grid Bonus Material

The first question we have to ask ourselves when we sit down to begin a new project is “What kind of Story do I want to tell?”  The best way to answer is to begin with a review of Genre and what I call the Five-Leaf Genre Clover. For those of you who prefer to… Read more »

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