The Stages of Storytelling

I love this site and the newsletter that comes with it. The posts offer practical advice and inspiration for writers of all levels.

The site promotes a couple of kinds of story development software, but you don’t need to buy either to enjoy the current posts and the archive.

Today’s post breaks writing down into four steps.

  1. Inspiration
  2. Development
  3. Exposition
  4. Storytelling

My current projects are on the fifth step–revision, but that involves looking back at the others to evaluate my original intention and to “see again” (re-vise) what the story has become.

Where are you in this process?

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Revising for Structure

When I finish the dummy for my current picture book project, I’m going to dig back into my magical realism middle grade novel.

Here’s an amazing post that came in an e-newsletter today. It’s perfect and I know it will help me. If you’re revising your NaNoWriMo magnum opus, it might help you too.


There Can Be Only One…Main Character, That Is

About main characters. Screenwriters know about story structure. It is a good idea to listen to them about this. Of course, there are always exceptions, but if you think your book has more than one main character, this post is worth reading.

Let’s Schmooze – Doug Eboch on Screenwriting: There Can Be Only One…Main Character, That Is.

An Interview with Author Jane Yolen | Books

Here’s a fascinating interview with Jane Yolen. She discusses, among other things, folklore and “fakelore.” If you’re curious about the difference, click on the link. As writers, whether knowingly or not, we churn up the story material of previous generations, and the study of traditional stories is a very good idea.

An Interview with Author Jane Yolen | Books.

Anatomy of a Best-Selling Novel—Structure Part One « Kristen Lamb’s Blog

Here’s a great blog that addresses the knottiest problems for writers. This post is the first in a series of four about structuring a novel. Together, they comprise a class in writing a solid piece of fiction that will be fun to read and generate sales. These articles are about storytelling. When you have time, read them, and follow Kristen Lamb’s blog. It’s an act of generosity.

Anatomy of a Best-Selling Novel—Structure Part One « Kristen Lamb’s Blog.

Writer Unboxed » Without Delay

If you are a fiction writer and you aren’t familiar with the work of Donald Maass, I am happy to introduce you with this great article about storytelling. It could move your current novel from good to spellbinding!

Writer Unboxed » Without Delay.