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The Freytag Experiment (Ch. 2)

Story Patterns from the 19th Century

Gustav Freytag was a German novelist from the Nineteenth century who explored formulas in stories and novels (well before… 411 more words

Million Dollar Baby - Gear Shift Movies

We answer a listener’s question on the subject of how inciting incidents generate the central dramatic question of the story, using MILLION DOLLAR BABY and PREDATOR as an example of how the question shifts over the course of a story. 10 more words


Why Does Story Matter? (Ch. 1)

Thought by Donald Miller and other great genius leaders

  • Story Has Form, it has structure, it reminds us of life – that’s why we can relate to the narrative.
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Final PitchWars Slush Thoughts

A few overall comments on things I saw in my inbox that might help others. The first is the most important part: inciting incident. Make sure your novel starts where it needs to start. 865 more words


Before you start writing...

You know how it is. You suddenly get this great idea for a novel and you can’t wait to start writing it. So you do. You sit down at your laptop, full of enthusiasm for your new project. 887 more words


"It's Nothing to Worry About!"

That’s what he said. And by he, I mean my fairly new friend and wedding videographer, Alex Goodlive. Dylan and I met Alex when we were looking for an affordable option to get our wedding ceremony recorded. 547 more words


Plot Arcs for Beginners

Understanding how plot arcs do and do not work is essential to creating a well-crafted story with a strong sense of forwards movement. Each plot thread has its own arc, as does each novel, and each series. 1,136 more words