Give Your Story a Great Goal

A benefit of working on a story starting at structure is that you know what you have to do next. After you’ve sketched a basic story structure and figured out who your hero is and how to describe them, it’s time to figure out the hero’s goal will be. The approach to goal setting in […]

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Pick and describe your hero to kick-start your story

Last week, I introduced a story structure that you can use to tell all kinds of stories. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to take a closer look at the different parts of that diagram. Together, this series of articles will give you a strong foundation for any story, so I hope you’ll stick […]

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The Story Diagram at the Core of the StoryCraft Method

Today, I want to give you a tool for improving your stories. It’s a diagram to show you what your story should look like. I draw it on chalkboards and flip charts and white boards and paper everywhere! This diagram is the core of my approach to storytelling. I use it to plan my stories […]

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What the 10-year challenge teaches us about storytelling

The beginning of 2019 gave us the 10-year-challenge on social media. It’s a simple task to participate, you post a picture of yourself now and ten years ago online, add a catchy caption (or not) and you’re in. It’s been discussed as a way to show off your great fortune,potential data mining event, and a […]

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Bring your hero to life!

There’s an image that’s lived in my imagination for many years. It’s a woman walking into the distance. She’s carrying a bucket away from her body, like someone used to carrying heavy loads. I read that description more than a decade ago. The source of the image escapes me, but the image has never gone […]

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Who’s the hero in your story?

Picking the hero is the first step in planning your story. Heroes are so central in stories that a name can be enough to cause the audience to recall the entire story: Cinderella, Snow White, and Little Red Riding Hood, but also Harry Potter, Michael Corleone, and Jack Reacher. But what is a hero? Technically, […]

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