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Mixing Genres

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A friend of mine emailed me over the weekend asking about a coming of age/maturation story he’s working on. He’s read the recent posts about the redemption story and wanted more information about “mixing genres.” He knows for certain that his global story is driven by his lead character’s progression from naivete to worldliness but… Read more »

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Innovating Convention

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On our Foolscap Global Story Grid for our Untitled Redemption Story we’ve reached the place to write down the conventions and obligatory scenes for the Redemption/Performance combo plate of External/Internal genres. Before I didactically launch into them, though, let me first put forth this: Writing and its partner in crime, Editing, is extremely difficult. And… Read more »

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Form vs. Formula

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There is a certain breed of writer that I just can’t seem to reach. As the brilliant Strother Martin drawled as the Captain in Cool Hand Luke, the situation can be summed up as “a failure to commune-cate (communicate).” The crux of our problem is in my assertion that there is a very big difference… Read more »

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The Story Spinal Cord

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For today’s Story Grid Bonus, here’s more about the crucial role of NEED, your protagonist’s subconscious Object of Desire. I’ve been talking about Story Spine—the critical Story within the Story that sucks readers into deep emotional connection. And I’ve put forth that what your lead character wants—the micro scene-to-scene little wants that build to the… Read more »

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Casting the Thriller

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For today’s Story Grid Bonus I’ll run down the core cast list of The Silence of the Lambs and analyze how they abide the cast requirements of The Thriller. Here are the core Thriller archetypes in Harris’ novel: Hero Villain Mentor/Father/Mother Figure Love Interest The World Colleague Dead Bodies or Victims The Hero is the… Read more »

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Writer as Casting Director

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The next couple of Story Grid Bonuses are about how to best approach creating your global Story’s cast of characters. How do you convey the three dimensionality of your lead character? How do you move them from cruel to loving? From reserved to demonstrative? From weak to strong? Active choices under stress are what reveal… Read more »

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