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Story Structure: a Graphic You Can Use

by Larry Brooks on August 18, 2014

You are one click away from a useable, printable, post-able (as in, on your wall) graphic  representation of classic 4-part story structure, including the 7 major story milestone transition “moments” within the story.

Get it right here: Structure Graphic.

In the previous post I framed this… as part of a Powerpoint presentation on the subject of: how to put your story on steroids.  While the live version had he witty and passionate audio that assists in clarity, the slides stand alone as a tutorial with punch.

Some readers have commented that a few of the other slides (#24, #25 and #28 especially) are just as valuable, if not more so.  As in: what you need to know about your story before it’ll work as well as it could, and in what order of priority.

Yes, that’s what I said.  Steroids.  A total shot in the petard of your story, to make it stronger, bigger, faster, better.  It’s legal, too, an added bonus.

If you’d like to see that entire presentation, click here: Story on Steroids

Hope you find this useful.

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How to Elevate Your Story Above the Eager Crowd

by Larry Brooks on August 16, 2014

The “crowd” is pretty good, too.   And they want what you want.  

So you need to be better.

Greetings from Los Angeles, where I’m presenting at the Writers Digest Novel Writing Conference.  I did two sessions yesterday, and later today I’m doing a workshop entitled: “Your Story on Steroids.”

This is why I like working with Writers Digest.

Not just because they publish my writing books and put my articles in their magazine (or that they sent me to China last month), they’re just cool, hip, really smart people.  They allowed me to use this title, they got the analogy.

I’ve tried several times to get this title on the agenda at a handful of other conferences, who were scared off by the word “steroids.”

Ooo… scary.  Steroids.  Bad.

Sure, they’re illegal if you’re talking about anabolic medication.  But not in this context, the context of writing really strong, compelling stories.  In that context we need all the medicine we can get, and we need the science that makes it happen.

And it’s an analogy, folks… deal with it.  It — in this analogous context — won’t make you sick and it won’t make your testicles shrink to the size of chick peas, nor will you go to hell for getting the analogy.

Anyhow, in preparation for today I’ve created a killer Powerpoint slide deck that doesn’t mince words.  I’d like to share it with you, too.  The people here paid for the live presentation and discussion, but the content is universal, and I’d like you to have it.

Get it here: Story on Steroids.

There’s a new structure graphic here, too (slide #32), that simplifies the four part, 7-milestone story structure model, worthy of printing out.  For all your visual thinkers out there.

Because good doesn’t cut it these days.

Our stories have to be great to separate from the incoming stream of good stories, most of which will be rejected for precisely that: they are merely good, totally solid… but not great.

Publishers are looking for the next home run.  Not the next book to take up a slot on a bookstore shelf.

Let’s be great today.  Hope this helps.

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The Value of “Pantsing”

August 8, 2014

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A Great Read… a Learning Opportunity… a Massive Discount

August 4, 2014

A Major Price Reduction… and a FREEBIE, too! Here’s something you’ve never seen before: A well reviewed novel… written by a bestselling novelist who is also the author of bestselling “how to write novels” books… offered at a 75% DISCOUNT (Kindle version)… that includes a FREE 114-page “how it was done and what you can […]

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The Epidemic and Systemic Sabotage via Brainwashing of Aspiring Novelists

July 30, 2014

As a writing coach and author of writing books and articles, I deal in numbers. Volume. Significant databases of writers and stories. Manuscripts, story plans, synopses, samples, story analysis and the hands-on witnessing of stories under development. And I’m here to tell you… … there’s trouble in River City. I see it, I read it, […]

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A Better Way to Open Your Novel

July 24, 2014

There’s always two ways to put something out there.  The room divides in terms of which hits hardest… the in-your-face “don’t make this mistake!” approach… or the more positive, “here’s a better way you can do it.” Frankly, I can lean either way.  I mention this because today’s headline cuts both ways.  I came to […]

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Why You Should Be Mercilessly Hacking Apart Your Favorite Stories

July 19, 2014

A guest post by K.M. Weiland You shouldn’t be reading this blog. No, seriously. As awesome as Larry’s blog is and as generous as he is for sharing his story sense with all of us, this is not the place to learn how to write a story. (This is the part where Larry kicks me […]

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A “Story Engineering” Success Story: One Writer’s Journey Into Craft

July 15, 2014

An Interview with James Williams A guest post by Jennifer Blanchard I’ve been writing fiction since I was a kid. Now, I’m a writing coach by day and a writer by night (and sometimes also a writer by day and a writing coach by night). But I never had anyone else in my family with […]

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China, Free Stuff, a New Book Announcement, and a Quick Word About “Battered Bastards”

July 12, 2014

I’m heading to Beijing next week… … to help launch the Chinese release of  “Story Engineering,” and to teach a workshop on how writing is taught in the States.  Which is a favorite topic of mine… I promise to be nice. I thought I’d share a couple of things here on Storyfix that might provide […]

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Turning Novels into Screenplays – Part 2

July 4, 2014

Part 2 (of 2) of a Guest Post by Art Holcomb Click HERE to review Part 1… then hurry back here for the pay-off. ***** Welcome back! We’re talking today about adapting novels into screenplays. Last time, we talked about the basics of the art of adaptation that I use with my students and professional […]

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