Story Structure, Logic, and the Meaning of Life

Story Structure and Logic

If you’re lucky at some point in your life you’ll come to a complete dead-end. I confess, I’m obsessed with the role of failure in the trajectories of fictional protagonists. But it’s not just me—the earliest Greek philosophers taught the advantages of adversity. If you’re lucky you’ll come to a crossroads and see that the […]

Do the World a Favour

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Victim of gang rape as a young woman, Phoolan did not remain a victim. She fought back. This important film needs your help! It’s the ultimate sexual harassment story—PHOOLAN: the Bandit Queen of India. Phoolan went on a vengeful rampage before becoming a member of parliament. Beloved friends of mine, hammering away on this documentary […]

Try this Story Fix — Before You even Start

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You’ve invested time and money studying “story.” (You can’t imagine how much I’ve spent!) After reading all those writing manuals, we are “story structure” engineers. We could be teaching story structure. In fact, I do! And yet— Where’s the prize-winning novel? Where’s my Oscar for Best Screenplay? I’m sitting here at my desk, staring at […]

When Critics Say, ‘Hey, you can’t do that!’

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Two years an eBook—now in print—STORY STRUCTURE EXPEDITION: Journey to the Heart of a Story. It continues to draw rave reviews, such as: What the hell sort of book is this, anyway? It doesn’t teach us how to do anything. It’s a “how-to” book that morphs into a novella. You can’t do that! I recently […]

Leonard Cohen’s Song to Donald Trump

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What a week it was—still is! I’m still crying inside. Yes, Leonard Cohen sent me soaring into mourning. Gorging on his music these past few days, I realized how he helped me appreciate the value of struggle. His struggle was an art form. I saw Cohen perform on an intimate stage at the University of […]

Is Your Story Smarter than You Are?

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Have you ever felt that the story you’re writing is wiser than you? If so, I suspect you’re lost or stuck. It also means that you’re writing something worth reading. I became deeply lost while writing Story Structure Expedition—Journey to the Heart of a Story. We were exploring up the Congo River in a steamer […]

Give your Muse a Break: Let Fear Fuel your Fiction

Do you wait for the muse to ignite your imagination? And wait, and wait, and wait— Then, consider fueling your fiction with an ever-ready  source of inspiration. FEAR. Our characters lead us places we’d rather not go—that’s the fear I’m talking about. Of course, we don’t want to go down that road, but then why […]

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