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-
In SBB II, we met, warped, and tortured 16 characters. This fill-
“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.
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.
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