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Yes, it's true, I've had story structure on the brain. I've also recently joined pinterest (of which I immediately became addicted). But there's a happy side effect of these two obsessions… this post!
Holy Cow! Here's a blog post with 10 different diagrams on story structure! I doubt you will ever need another story structure diagram after looking at these.
Some are similar. Some have their own unique twist. And then there's the 17 stages of Joseph Campbell's Monomyth to explore. Yikes -- that's a big one!
Of course, the simplest story structure is: problem -- resolution. Add to that a set-up/context in the beginning and a meaningful close at the end, and you are done.
Hah -- would that storytelling could be so simple! As every professional storyteller will tell you, a powerful story is all in the delivery. Still, if you don't follow the structures in these diagrams, you will simply end up with a plot-based description: "I went to the store. I bought some bread. I came home." No story there! I doubt you would pay money for that one.
Soooo -- check out these diagrams, use them to craft your stories, and you are half-way there. Then go work on your delivery :)
One of Billie Holiday's most iconic songs is "Strange Fruit," a haunting protest against the inhumanity of racism. Many people know that the man who wrote the song was inspired by a photograph of a lynching.
When I teach ENGL 215, Intro to Women's Literature, I begin with fairy tales. Not because women's literature is childish--not in the least. Rather, because scholars believe that fairy tales and folktales, though their authors ...
Dell Magazines announced the retirement today of Stanley Schmidt, editor of Analog Science Fiction and Fact. Schmidt will be succeeded by Trevor Quachri, who has been the managing editor of both Asimov’s and Analog for the past two years. Schmidt said,
“I have now been editor of Analog for 34 years, tying or (depending on how you count) slightly exceeding the previous longest-tenure record of John W. Campbell. I still enjoy it thoroughly, but am leaving to pursue a wide range of other interests. Two of the most important of these are doing more of my own writing, and reading Analog purely for the enjoyment of it, which I expect to remain at a high level under Trevor Quachri’s direction.”
During his more than three decades as editor, Schmidt debuted such science fiction luminaries as Michael F. Flynn, Jerry Oltion, Timothy Zahn, Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, Harry Turtledove, and Geoffrey A. Landis. He will continue to be available to Quachri as a science advisor.
8/30-9/3: CopperCon 32 convention in AvondaleAZ Central.com"It's a science-fiction convention that celebrates authors," said Bob LaPierre, chairman of CopperCon 32. "They give talks about their books or field of study.
"One day I realized I was spending more time thinking about my blog posts than about my WIP (work in progress)." writes author Sara Rosett. But as she shut down her blogs, she still felt she "wanted something a little more interactive, but without the huge time commitment of daily blogging."
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Popular Science5 Tips For Scientists On How To Not Write Like ScientistsPopular ScienceStanford University epidemiologist Kristin Sainani is on a mission to improve matters, turning scientists into people who can communicate their research in...
If you want to write a novel in 30 days, don't let anyone stop you. Not even Salon's Laura Miller. Miller, who I usually find thoughtful and sweet, has written an anti-NaNoWriMo column -- "Better yet, DON'T write that novel"...
I've never participated in NaNoWriMo, but that doesn't mean I don't appreciate its usefullness for those who do. NaNoWriMo is a way for writers who are having trouble completing their novel-length writing projects to break down some of the barriers keeping them from doing what they most want to do, write, and to jump into the writing pool without even checking the temperature of the water. (Yes, I know I mixed a few metaphors. Work with me, here.) This editorial is nearly two years old, but with November coming in just six short weeks, it's timely once more. So, start planning your magnum opus and get to work.
The Guardian (blog)Why have authors written the IT revolution out of the story?The Guardian (blog)This blog, and thousands like it, is part of the IT revolution that's changing the world of books beyond recognition.
http://talentdevelop.com/3423/ - The mythology of the mad artist continues in various forms, supported to some extent by research. For example, there are studies indicating writers are more susceptible to depression. Cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D., says, "I do believe that If the mental processes associated with psychosis were evaporated entirely from this world, art would suck. But so would a lot of other things that require imagination."
Nedra Kline Weinreich: "As I've been involved in several transmedia projects - both on the inside and as a participant from the outside - I've been struck by how emotionally invested people can get in the story and with the characters" ...
This is a wonderful post offering specific, easy-to-implement ideas for interacting with your audience in ways that encourage participation in collaborative projects with the potential for positive change in the world. Highly recommeded.
Great blog post by author Sarah Rees Brennan in which she discusses being trapped in a French manor, eating ice cream, gothic novels, and quotations by naysayers and propoents alike about women who write.
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