Your Creature

The five commandments and obligatory scenes are the skeleton, the story spine the spine, the conventions the organs, the scenes the meat, the theme the skin, the controlling idea the face, and your passion the very soul and life breath of your creature. Now, take your creature on a journey!

Scene, Sequel, and the Storygrid

Before I read The Storygrid, followed the Techniques of the Selling Writer, by Dwight V. Swain. He recommends having a scene followed by a sequel. The scene has all the action, the sequel is about character revelation. Scene – Sequel – Scene – Sequel is like Action – Contemplation – (Re)action – Contemplation. It gives the reader a tension-relaxation cycle. …