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14 Skeletons:  Story Building Blocks can take you from story idea to the actual nuts and bolts of “I have the required scenes and all pull their weight.” It can help new writers figure out where to begin and offers experienced writers a new way of looking at conflict.

Good writers ask, “What if?” Great writers ask, “Why?”

16 Characters: Faulty logic and missing motive are plot holes that cause reader disconnect. In Story Building Blocks II, we explore obstacles and responses at scene and overall story level. We find out how your characters navigate the world, who they love and hate, and why they behave and misbehave.

Good writers craft sentences. Great writers sculpt language.

Revision adds the finishing touches to the narrative you’ve created. We examine common plot holes and identify speed bumps that affect the enjoyment of the ride you take your readers on. We explore rhetorical devices and how to use them to craft expert-level cumulative sentences.

In SBB II, we met, warped, and tortured 16 characters. This fill-in-the-blank workbook utilizes the mannequins to create a believable cast for your story.

“Every scene should contain conflict.” This statement led me on a journey to discover how to make that happen. The Story Building Blocks series is the result of my research into how the experts define good fiction. I took the collective wisdom on writing, cut it open, dissected it, extrapolated the core ideas, and present my findings. In the process, I developed a way of looking at structure that made it easy to develop scenes through conflict. The tools below are from my personal tool kit. I’m sharing them with you in the hopes that they help you as much as they helped me understand the craft of writing good fiction. There are never enough good books to feed a book addict’s habit, so I encourage you to keep writing. Send me a link. I am always looking for my next fiction fix.

LIFE IS TOO SHORT FOR BAD FICTION

Comedy

Con, Heist, Prison Break

Fantasy

gothic

historical

horror

literary

mystery

Road trip

romance

Science fiction

Team victory

Thriller & Suspense

western

SBB Build A Plot
Fill-In-the-blank
WorkbookS
Available in print &
 Kindle versions

This fill-in-the-blank workbook helps you build believable story worlds. From Historical to Science Fiction and Fantasy, the magic is in the details.

Select the right skeleton for your story idea. Dress it up with a subgenre. Craft scenes that enhance the architecture of your story and layer them for optimal impact.

The PDF documents below are provided to illustrate the method and provide blank forms for the Kindle versions of the Story Building Blocks series workbooks.

Scene Building
Worksheet

Select A Story Skeleton: Genre

Character

Worksheet

Story
Building
Worksheet

Dressing The

Story Skeleton

Subgenre

DevelopING
The Layers
Goals, Stakes &
Outcomes
How To Layer 
The Scenes

OBSTACLES &

RESPONSES

All SBB books
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and Kindle versions.
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CRIMES

SUSPECTS

Victim profile

Based on the Four Layers of Conflict method, these fill-in-the-blank workbooks develop your novel from story seed to finished draft. Whether you prefer to ask the tough questions first or after your first draft, by utilizing the tools inside, you will: Understand and keep the promise you make to your readers. Stage and direct your verbal camera effectively. Develop sound story architecture by answering a series of questions. Create one-sentence conflicts for each scene to keep you motivated and working past the murky middle. Layer conflict to provide a tight, focused plot. Assign characters roles, motivation, goals, and stakes to create an effective cast. Create a synopsis and logline to help you pitch and market your story.

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