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What Storytellers Need to Know

Posts about the craft and business of writing.

Post 2: The 5 Commandments of Storytelling

Every scene must have five things: an inciting incident, progressive complications, a crisis, a climax and a resolution. These are not difficult concepts to understand on an intellectual level, but they can be bloody hard to execute and many authors struggle. I thought it might be helpful therefore, to break […]

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The World of Genre

When people think of genre what do they think? Horror, thriller, romance, action and crime probably all come to mind, but after spending a day at my Mom’s work I realized there are so many more genres than just the five or six I thought there were. There are even […]

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Post 1: Exposition as Ammunition

As I work my way through the Story Grid Edition of Dracula, a couple of things are hitting me. First: Reading a novel in the middle of the day is what I’m supposed to be doing. It’s not goofing off. That is so cool. Second: Since I’ve never done this […]

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Accepting the Call

Exciting news for those of you who love great stories! Shawn Coyne, editor with 25+ years of experience with the Big 5 publishing companies, and author of The Story Grid: What Good Editors Know, has just trained a team of people in his unique and foolproof method for helping writers […]

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