Month: November 2016

Four Dimensional Settings

Podcasts

What’s in a setting? There’s period. There’s duration. There’s location. and there is the one that is often forgotten and/or ignored… Levels of Conflict. In this episode of The Story Grid Podcast Tim and I discuss Setting in detail.  As you’ll recall, a couple of weeks ago we got stuck with Tim’s middle build. We… Read more »

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The Cure for Writer’s Block

Podcasts

Tim and I got stuck working on his Middle Build. The sticking point reminded me of the ancient Greek poet Archilochus’s famous saying: “The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.” Here’s a big thing trick I’ve learned having edited more than 300 books in my career. [I fear doing an… Read more »

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The Meaty Middle

Podcasts

The middle build of a longform story is extremely intimidating.  It comprises half of the book and can drive even the most seasoned storyteller into despair.  So how should you approach the middle?  In this episode, Tim decided to keep pushing forward scene by scene.  To see where that approach left him, click the play… Read more »

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Knowing When You’re Done

Podcasts

How do you know if you’ve done enough to make a big move from the beginning hook of your book to the middle build? This is when understanding the global emotional arc/s of your story becomes so important.  In this episode of The Story Grid Podcast, what was clear to me…wasn’t so clear to Tim. … Read more »

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The Man In A Hole Sequence

Podcasts

If you’re recall from a while back when we discussed Kurt Vonnegut’s Six Story Arcs, we talked about the “man in a hole” arc, which requires that your protagonist fall in a proverbial hole and then struggle to get themselves out of it.  In this episode of The Story Grid Podcast we examine Tim’s second… Read more »

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