The Shack (here) by Wm. Paul Young (Author). This is our generations Pilgrim's Progress, the story of a man who went to the place of his daughter's murder, to find freedom for his soul.
Hacker: The Outlaw Chronicles (here) by Ted Dekker (Author). The story of a young Hacker girl, who went on a wild adventure into the supernatural realm beyond trying to save her mom, but saved her self too in the process.
Saint: A Paradise Novel (here) by Ted Dekker (Author). He's an assassin, or is he? He finds a secret to his past that unlocks supernatural abilities, at a cost.
Getting UnStuck - Story Structure Guiding The Path
It quite common, especially for Pantsers (those who write by the seat of their pants with no real outline or plan ahead of time), to get stuck in your story. At some point, we hit a roadblock, writer's block, and can't think of what the story should be next.
Story Structure Clues
This is, in part, because we don't start with the outline that the stricture Outliners do. We can't even comprehend where the story will be going in order to outline.
However, if we have an idea of the path (the skeleton of the structure), we can start to see a way through the hazy fog of the future. But even then, we can get stuck like I did last night.
I'd written my way through and just couldn't imagine what needed to happen next. I know where the next major plot point is going to be and what (generally) will happen (Destiny is caught by the FBI but Ash escapes). But it's way to early to write that in the story timeline. If I wr…
Out of everything I've ever read on story structure for fiction writing, the W-Story Structure makes the most sense to me. If you'd rather view these as Acts (3-Act or 4-Act) you can overlay that on this W and it still works.
Glen C. Strathy writes (in much more detail here) in his article, The W-Plot vs. The Dramatica Model of Story Structure. There are four sequences for most stories. Each of the four legs of the W is comprised of a sequence of events that lead the story along to it's natural conclusion.
Sequence 1: setting up the problem (creating tension)Sequence 2: recovering from the problem (new ideas, positive momentum)Sequence 3: deepening of the problemSequence 4: the resolution of the problem (new light or understanding)
Sequence 1: setting up the problem (creating tension)
The Inciting Event (the event that is at the heart of the reason this story happened) may have occurred before your story begins, and often does. In King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017), th…
In a writers group on Facebook, a young writer asked (edited): How do you respond to family members saying that being a writer is impractical?
This is a great question. When I was going to college I stopped pursuing music and theater because it didn't seem to lead to a "practical career". I got bogged down in other things and eventually dropped out (after six years and 78 units). But times are changing and we're in a new type of revolution.
So, what do you think? What is the future of work? How would you respond? What is impractical, what does that even mean?First, you reply: You said 'impractical' when I think you meant 'I'm Practical'.
The root of Impractical is Practical, or to be "not-practical". The word practical is derived from the root word PRACTICE. practicale "of or pertaining to matters of practice; applied,"
All careers require a great deal of practice, hard work, study of the chosen field, and many small wins before th…
In the world of creative writing, no phrase or lesson is more repeated than the famous: Show Don't Tell
What does that mean, exactly? It means don't give me a fact but show it to me. Let the actions of the character tell me he's nervous. Let the characters actions and motives be so tied to the setting, that they direct what details I get to see.
Dr. Briar sat nervously on a hand-made leather chair with mahogany inlays. Now read this:
Dr. Briar sat fidgeting in a hand-made leather chair, rotating his middle finger around on the mahogany inlays. What's different?
Dr. Briar sat nervously on a hand-made leather chair with mahogany inlays.
Dr. Briar sat fidgeting in a hand-made leather chair, rotating his middle finger around on the mahogany inlays.
We show him fidgeting and rotating his finger, this gives us more reason to talk about the inlays. But could this be better? Sure, there are a thousand ways to write this sent…
At the Heart Writers group meeting tonight, led by Lauren Stinton, we did a short writing prompt.
You have seven minutes to write (fiction or nonfiction) and it must include these three items/themes:
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Here is my result, with a bit of post-meeting editing and addition. Keep in mind, I wrote it in OneNote on my phone...
Room and Bored
The light amplified through the double glass window pane, despite the clawed dusty drapes, warming Princess' furry belly. She was Queen of this castle and she held the honor with dignity.
Her human was a good servant. He brought her food at the appointed time. He changed her box. He performed his part admirably.
Then her life shattered.
Her human walked in the front door and laid a box on the table. "Princess, I have a surprise for you, " He said.
She rolled off the couch back and sauntered over. The pawed the box. It moved. She jumped back, "Moew," she cried.