Month: January 2017

Ratcheting Up The Tension

Podcasts

The past two The Story Grid Podcast episodes have been an exercise in Tim concertedly ratcheting up the tension in his novel.  This process requires a keen understanding of progressive complications. When you are unsure of whether the stakes in your novel are getting larger as you progress, pull back your focus and think about… Read more »

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Problem by Problem

Podcasts

Tim and I are trying something weird. We’re trying to see if we can work together on his novel in a way that will require the least amount of stress and pain possible.  To see if I can direct him down the right roads as he drives 65 miles per hour with limited visibility on… Read more »

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Organic Progress

Podcasts

What’s so fun about this deliberate writing practice experiment for me is in the way Tim’s work is evolving…organically. What I mean by that is that characters enter Tim’s story now with real purpose.  They enter through necessity.  For example, when Tim was grinding out the elements for his first challenge sequence of scenes in… Read more »

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Limitations Beget Innovation

Podcasts

As we work through Tim’s middle build, a theme has emerged.  That theme “Limitations Beget Innovation,” simply means that the more restrictions you put on your scene work, the more innovation that is required to make them fresh.  Writing a scene whereby the character is introduced to the magical world is a severe restriction.  The… Read more »

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