All Stories Are Escape Stories

Great Escape

“Every story is an escape story.” I’ve taped that slogan to the wall of my work station. It clarifies my character’s trajectory. It helps my story “come true” because it acknowledges a fact of our human condition: We are all escaping something. That notion hijacked my brain after a decade of professionally assessing and writing […]

Crisis and Climax in Casablanca

Casablanca title

CRISIS vs. CLIMAX—what’s the difference? The two are often confused—resulting in a weak story structure . They’re not the same thing.  Oh, sure, you can write a story in which the protagonist battles her way single-mindedly to the finish line.  Protagonist achieves exactly what she set out after.  (Yawn.) The CRISIS (occurring earlier) readjusts the […]

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