Category Archives: Story Development

Throughlines – And How to Use Them!

Some time ago I wrote an article that described the difference between the two basic forms of story structure with the following phrase: You spin a tale, but you weave a story. The common expression “spinning a yarn” conjures up … Continue reading

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Creating Characters from Plot

Introduction If you already have a story idea, it is a simple matter to create a whole cast of characters that will grow out of your plot. In this lesson we’re going to lay out a method of developing characters … Continue reading

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Finding Your Story’s Core

Every story has a core – that concept at the center that pulls all of the story elements into a cohesive whole, establishes meaning and message, and provides the story with an overall identity. There are four fundamental kinds of … Continue reading

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The Author’s Journey

We’ve all heard of the hero’s journey that focuses on what stories need to be complete.  But consider that it is equally important to explore what authors need to complete stories. Many story development methods look first to construct plot, … Continue reading

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Tear Your Story Apart

By necessity, authors are so focused on what they are putting into their stories that they often don’t think about what isn’t there.  Yet the early stages of story development only create a framework – a skeleton – and for … Continue reading

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The Master Storyteller Method

Perhaps the greatest hurdle in writing is the attempt to bring structure to a story without putting your Muse in a straight jacket. Often structure is brought into the picture too soon, clamping your passion into an iron maiden that … Continue reading

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Grow Your Story from a Log Line

This technique is excerpted from our StoryWeaver Story Development Software. Introduction First, write a log line for your story. A log line is a concise one-sentence description of the essence of a story. A good way to approach this is … Continue reading

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How to Master the Creative Process

Writers often begin the story development process by thinking about what their story needs: a main character/protagonist/hero, a solid theme, a riveting plot and, of course, to meet all the touch points of their genre. Because this is just the … Continue reading

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Character Change vs. Character Growth

Main characters don’t have to change to grow.  They can grow in their resolve. It is a common misconception among authors that the main character in a story must change in order to grow.  Certainly, that is one kind of … Continue reading

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Character Development Tricks!

Here are a few of my best tricks for creating characters from scratch and for developing characters you’ve already created. Coming up with characters is as simple as looking to our subject matter and asking ourselves who might be expected … Continue reading

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