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!
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 […]
Shawn Coyne explains the Global Inciting Incident, Global Complications, the Global Crisis, the Global Climax, and the Global Resolution, but what about the Global Turning Point? A Turning Point is a complication that turns the tides and produces irreversible change – in the protagonist’s life or consciousness. A couple of times Shawn Coyne did mention […]
I suggest a little improvement of the value chain of life and death. Currently it is Life <-> Unconscious <-> Death <-> Damnation Unconscious describes a state of mind and belongs to the internal content genre. Survival or surviving is a better term. Life <-> Survival <-> Death <-> Damnation That would resonate with many people whose […]
In the Hero At the Mercy of the Villain scene, the villain likes to give the hero a choice. That choice becomes the scene’s climax. Cliche choices: Join me or die (typical 007) Beg or die slow Tell me I’m right or die Recognize my genius or die A somewhat fresh one happened in the Netflix […]