Category: Story Courses

the Gore Verbinski conundrum

the Gore Verbinski conundrum

That’s an unwieldy title but it’s because of his last name and not at all that I just like the word conundrum. Gore Verbinski had an interview years ago, I think in Movieline, long before any of the Pirates movies. He talked about making The Mexican and Mousehunt and he said that if something was […]

December 8, 2013 | Posted in Craft, Tattered Heart
Instantaneous love

Instantaneous love

Insta-love is such a hack phrase. It’s a substitute for instant love but instantaneous is such a fun word, don’t you think? Generally, it’s used as a term of derision in the young adult community. Not because they object to the “word” like I do. The term was actually coined to derided the concept; that […]

November 17, 2013 | Posted in Story Courses
On Main Characters

On Main Characters

Today’s Story Course comes from a lesson I learned from reading: why dialog and character interaction are so important to reader engagement. Authors are (for the most part) more in love with their main characters than their readers are. This may seem obvious. Writers spend (mostly) years with their characters, discovering their world and writing […]

October 20, 2013 | Posted in Story Courses
story integrity

story integrity

Stories are tricky things. People have different things they care about, especially when adapting something from one medium to another. Is the heroine still blond? Do they have that line that I loved from chapter 4? Where is that scene with the car chase? Is everything even in the correct sequence? But there is a […]

July 16, 2013 | Posted in Story Courses
Godlike superheroes

Godlike superheroes

I saw Man of Steel last weekend and as I was driving away, listening to a song on the radio (and I truly don’t even remember which one) I had this thought… And I’m warning you ahead of time, it’s not a revolutionary insight. It’s kind of obvious, actually. But when it struck me I […]

June 22, 2013 | Posted in faith, Story Courses
Character plotting

Character plotting

I’m not a plotter. Character and dialog I’m completely comfortable with but plot is a struggle for me (hopefully less and less as a I write more and more but for now it’s tough). So, I’m always looking to learn more about plotting or hear how successful authors address plot or read things that give […]

January 23, 2013 | Posted in Character, Enchanted Storms, Plot, Story Courses
heroines and romance

heroines and romance

That’s a totally generic subject and I may revise it someday. But I’m reposting an excerpt of an interview with Melina Marchetta because what she says about heroines and romance is so true and, I think, so important to remember as both writers and readers. This next question is something that will probably always make […]

January 4, 2013 | Posted in Story Courses
Mary Sue

Mary Sue

I seriously dislike the term Mary Sue. I used to despise it quite fiercely but writing this post siphoned most of that venom. I’m still bothered when I see that term used in a review or blog post. I always want to link back to this post with a comment that I don’t think they […]

November 15, 2012 | Posted in Character, Story Courses
vampirism

vampirism

The last Twilight movie is almost upon us and so my sister and I had a marathon this past weekend to prepare. For some reason just before we started Breaking Dawn part 1 we were talking about vampires or something and I commented that our current societal concept of vampires is from Joss Whedon. That […]

November 8, 2012 | Posted in Story Courses
Plots.

Plots.

Plots are the most difficult part of the story for me. I can do character and dialog all day just for fun but plots require work and miracles of intuition and, well they’re just hard. So what do I do about it? I read, a lot. I read books by brilliant authors and I read […]

November 1, 2012 | Posted in Plot, Story Courses