Month: December 2015

The Martian Carol

Podcasts

Here’s the transcript for episode eleven, “The Martian and A Christmas Carol” of The Story Grid Podcast. You can also listen to it by clicking the play button below. Tim: Hello, Merry Christmas, happy holidays. Welcome to the Story Grid Podcast. My name is Tim Grahl. I’m your host, and I am a struggling fiction… Read more »

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A Prescient Warning

Storygridding The Tipping Point

The Ending Payoff of The Tipping Point does not disappoint. Remember the David Mamet quote about how Stories work in his book Bambi vs. Godzilla? They start with a simple premise and proceed logically, and inevitably, toward a conclusion both surprising and inevitable. So what is the surprising and inevitable conclusion of The Tipping Point?… Read more »

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Change Requires Loss

Podcasts

I’m a Story nerd.  Can’t help it.  I’m always thinking about why Stories as so damn important and why some are immeasurably moving and helpful to us as we navigate this wonderful yet inscrutable world while others make us cringe in their utter cheesiness. What I’ve concluded is that Stories are the stuff of change. … Read more »

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Who tells the Story?

Podcasts

I’ll just say this about narrative device…when you figure it out what suits your story best, you’ll find immeasurable relief. When Harper Lee and her editor figured out that To Kill a Mockingbird would work best using the point of view of Scout reflecting back upon her childhood and when Steven Pressfield figured out that… Read more »

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Infographic Overkill

Storygridding The Tipping Point

You didn’t think I wasn’t going to combine my macro (The Foolscap Global Story Grid) and my micro (The Story Grid Spreadsheet) for The Tipping Point and create a super-cool Story Grid infographic, did you? I can’t begin to describe the internal resistance I’ve battled pulling this together. Judging from the reactions, or lack of reactions… Read more »

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Russian Dolls

Podcasts

It’s worth repeating. Again and again… Storytelling is a process by which you learn how to craft the primary unit of on-the-page Story (the Scene) in such a way that the scenes combine to form a larger entity called the Sequence, which coalesce to form an even larger unit called the Act, which form the… Read more »

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