Month: September 2016

Thinking in Sequences

Story Grid

When we’re revising scenes,rather than overwhelming ourselves with the big global story movement, it’s often helpful to think in terms of story sequences. A sequence is just a series of scenes that move us from one large place in our story to another large place.  Examples of shorthand notations for sequences include such multi-scene movements… Read more »

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Building Better Scenes

Podcasts

Here is the second in depth episode with Tim Grahl’s  eleven scene Beginning Hook work in progress. The key idea here is that once you start to get a feel for the progression of a particular part of your story…it may be time to deliberately build better scenes for that sequence before you move forward…. Read more »

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Story Grid Spreadsheeting Your Scenes

Podcasts

Tim has finished the first eleven scenes that will comprise the structural foundation of his entire novel, his book’s Beginning Hook.  And now he’s ready to test them against the Story Grid Spreadsheet. What he discovers is that what he suspected might be problematic…is problematic.  And that what is working could use a tweak or… Read more »

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Narrative Nonfiction Storytelling

Podcasts

Next week, Tim Grahl and I get back to his novel.  He’s written the first eleven scenes. The bottom line is that these scenes (while problematic and in need of intense work) are a major leap forward for him.  He’s getting a real feel for his narrative fastball and is finding his own particular voice…. Read more »

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