Category: Story Courses

The Danger of Absolution

The Danger of Absolution

So I’m reading this trilogy, and it doesn’t really matter which one because this happens all the time in YA fiction. Something bad happens and our heroine of course blames herself. We spend half a page or more with her chastising herself–how could she have let this happen?! If only she’d been…faster or smarter or […]

December 29, 2019 | Posted in Story Courses
How Stories Feel

How Stories Feel

I read two books back to back, about addicts and falling in love. Spike: It’s called addiction, Angel. We all have them. I believe yours is named slutty the vampire slayer. I read one on Saturday and one on Sunday. Both were contemporary romance and had cute moments, funny moments, sweet moments. One felt heavy […]

October 20, 2019 | Posted in Story Courses
Plotting Part 7,298

Plotting Part 7,298

I’m plotting again. A new, old story. I actually did pretty good this morning, I mapped out 4 plots for the novel – one for each main character. On the surface, I’m pretty proud of myself because I’m actually figuring out how to do this plotting thing and fit pieces together and maybe even have […]

May 4, 2019 | Posted in Arizona, Plot
5 Essential Lessons from Eureka

5 Essential Lessons from Eureka

Eureka is now on Amazon Prime so it’s a good time to catch up if you haven’t watched it before. There’s 5 seasons which is a good blend of enough episodes to keep you entertained but not drown you in a show you never finish. When it first aired, I watched the pilot and a […]

May 28, 2018 | Posted in 5 lessons, Story Courses, tv
Once Upon a Time Exposes the Lie of the Moonlighting Curse

Once Upon a Time Exposes the Lie of the Moonlighting Curse

Perhaps you’ve heard of the Moonlighting Curse. The idea that once a couple gets together on a tv show it ruins either the relationship or the show entirely. It began, of course, with Moonlighting which starred Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis. Their bickering and sexual tension carried the show for 3 seasons. And then they […]

May 7, 2018 | Posted in Plot, Story Courses
5 Essential Lessons from The Brave

5 Essential Lessons from The Brave

NBC recently cancelled The Brave which means, much like Haven, I was one of the few people watching it. Which is sad because it was really good. It’s not on Netflix or Amazon Prime (yet) but it’s on Hulu and probably on demand with your cable provider. It’s only 13 episodes so they’re easy to […]

April 30, 2018 | Posted in 5 lessons, Story Courses
5 Essential Lessons from Haven

5 Essential Lessons from Haven

I feel like Haven is one of those shows that I’m the only person who watched it. But I still find it fairly interesting and it definitely has some valuable storytelling lessons to glean. I’ve tried to limit spoilers so you can access the writing lessons without ruining the show. I binged two and a […]

April 16, 2018 | Posted in 5 lessons, Story Courses
5 Essential Lessons from Reign

5 Essential Lessons from Reign

Sometimes I can’t explain what I like about Reign. I can tell you all the things I don’t like easily enough. And a lot of those are the essential lessons in what not to do in our storytelling. And yet, even with its flaws there’s a lot I enjoy about it. I enjoy most of […]

April 2, 2018 | Posted in 5 lessons, Story Courses
What is contrived conflict

What is contrived conflict

Conflict is the life blood of drama. YA authors gleefully thrive on the tears and broken hearts of their readers. Readers wail and cry and tweet and then come back, hungry for more. But contrived conflict is another matter altogether. It destroys your reader’s trust and dare I even say it has the potential to […]

March 26, 2018 | Posted in Craft, Story Courses
5 Essential Lessons from Once Upon a Time

5 Essential Lessons from Once Upon a Time

*Note this only covers the first six seasons, it doesn’t (necessarily) address the reboot in season 7 Once Upon a Time is a rather fascinating study. It is imminently appealing and incredibly flawed at the same time. Which means, in many ways, it’s the epitome of a show you love to hate. Or perhaps more […]

March 19, 2018 | Posted in 5 lessons, Story Courses