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From story concept to character development to scene construction and beyond, this blueprint for dynamic storytelling makes putting together a strong novel, memoir, or screenplay easier than ever. Beginning writers in all genres?from fiction writers to nonfiction writers to screenplay writers will learn how to wrap their heads around the big picture of storytelling at a professional level through a new approach that shows how to combine six core competencies: the four elemental competencies of concept, character, theme, and story structure (plot); and the two executional competencies of scene construction and writing voice. You'll discover how to achieve the greatest potential in your story through mastering the way these six factors combine and empower each other on the page.
Table of Contents
|What Are the Six Core Competencies ... and Why Should I Care?|
|The Power of a Fresh Storytelling Model||p. 10|
|The Six Core Competencies-A 10,000-Foot View||p. 15|
|Defining the Six Core Competencies||p. 20|
|Launching the Storytelling Process||p. 24|
|The First Core Competency-Concept|
|The Criteria for Concept||p. 35|
|How Do You Know If Your Concept Is Good Enough?||p. 45|
|The Second Core Competency-Character|
|The Fundamental Essence of Character||p. 54|
|The Three Dimensions of Character||p. 61|
|Character Unmasked||p. 75|
|The Human Nature of Character||p. 80|
|Creating Backstory||p. 86|
|Interior vs. Exterior Conflict||p. 92|
|Crafting a Character Arc||p. 97|
|Character-The Sum of the Parts||p. 106|
|The Third Core Competency-Theme|
|Defining Theme||p. 117|
|Implementing Theme||p. 121|
|Theme and Character Arc||p. 126|
|The Fourth Core Competency-Story Structure|
|The Need for Structure||p. 131|
|Story Structure vs. Story Structure||p. 137|
|The Big Picture of Story Structure||p. 139|
|The First Box: Part 1-The Set-Up||p. 146|
|The Second Box: Part 2-The Response||p. 151|
|The Third Box: Part 3-The Attack||p. 154|
|The Fourth Box: Part 4-The Resolution||p. 156|
|The Role of Story Milestones||p. 158|
|Writing to Publish: The Most Important Aspect of Your Story||p. 163|
|Five Missions for the Set Up of Your Story||p. 165|
|A Deeper Look at Foreshadowing||p. 170|
|The Most Important Moment in Your Story: The First Plot Point||p. 173|
|A Kinder, Gentler First Plot Point||p. 179|
|Shades of Gray: A Somewhat Liberating Spin on Story Structure||p. 182|
|Expanding Your Grasp of the Part 2 Response||p. 187|
|Wrapping Your Head Around the Mid-Point||p. 192|
|Commencing the Part 3 Attack||p. 196|
|Pinch Points||p. 199|
|The Second Plot Point||p. 204|
|The Final Act||p. 209|
|The Single Most Powerful Writing Tool You'll Ever See That Fits on One Page||p. 217|
|The Six Most Important Words in Storytelling||p. 220|
|Outlining vs. Organic Storytelling||p. 224|
|The Fifth Core Competency-Scene Execution|
|The Essential Nature of Scenes||p. 227|
|The Function of Scenes||p. 232|
|A Checklist for Your Scenes||p. 242|
|The Sixth Core Competency-Writing Voice|
|Finding Your Voice||p. 246|
|The Best Writing Analogy I Know||p. 253|
|More Musings on Voice||p. 256|
|The Story Development Process|
|Getting It Written||p. 260|
|The Pantser's Guide to Story Planning||p. 269|
|From How We Do This to Why We Do This||p. 275|
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