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Stories Need Great Villains

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  Every story needs a great villain because without him, the hero can’t shine. He’s the force of antagonism that keeps the action moving and the reader engaged. He pokes and prods at the protagonist, forcing her to stretch, grow and change.  Stories, after all, are about change.  For change to happen, there needs to… Read more »

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Secrets of the Worldview Genre

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What if I told you that Worldview stories are crucial to human evolution, vital to our basic survival, part of what makes us human? What if I said there is an invisible mesh-like structure holding almost every story together? And what if I could help you decipher that mesh and unlock your readers’ understanding of… Read more »

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Internal Genres: Part 1

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A Case Study in Nuance The number one thing Shawn Coyne says when writers struggle with their story is, “What’s your genre?” For Story Grid Nerds this is not news. The genre-mantra is a way of life now. But what makes Action distinct from Horror, and Love distinct from Society is typically clear. (Although as… Read more »

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Secrets of the Society Genre

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Are you a bad-ass writer ready to start a revolution? Or are you harboring an ideal worth pursuing while preferring more subtle change? Take a journey with me into the Society Genre and unlock the code that will improve your writing, help you shift power from the oppressors to the oppressed, and embolden others to… Read more »

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