Fundamental Fridays

What’s in a Villain?

Fundamental Fridays

At Story Grid we spend a lot of time studying and analyzing story. We look at the hero’s journey and the heroine’s journey and the side characters that make up a facet of the main character. But what about the villain? What is a story without a really good antagonist? It can be a good… Read more »

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The Power of Three

Fundamental Fridays

What I tell you three times is true — “The Hunting of the Snark”, Lewis Carroll Three. 3. III. No matter how you write it down, threes show up in speeches, in slogans, and most definitely in stories. Wikipedia informs us that the importance of this number extends to fields as varied as government, photography,… Read more »

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5 Steps to a Story Plan

Fundamental Fridays

Here’s a fact: some writers call themselves pantsers or discovery writers and can write an entire novel without knowing anything about what happens next. Here’s a confession: I am not one of them.  For writers like me, the idea of not knowing anything about what happens in your book until you begin writing sounds paralyzing. You’re probably… Read more »

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