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A sweet little bullet from a pretty blue gun

Recently I wrote three posts about story structure. The first part discussed “story alignments” , the second part talked about openings that established an alignment, and the third part discussed actions within the body of the story. I had planned on writing … Continue reading

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The Music To The Story In Your Eyes

Moving right along, then.  This is the third in a series of posts about story structure. The first part discussed “story alignments” and the second part talked about openings that established an alignment. Now I am going to be talking … Continue reading

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The Game That We Have Been Playing

This is a followup to my last post regarding the alignment of a story. Before I get started I want to address a few points that I think are significant but didn’t spell out in my earlier post. First, my … Continue reading

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The hidden law of a probable outcome

I have written before about what I call “negotiated suspension of disbelief“. To give an example, I gave up on a book recently about three-quarters of the way through. The novel was a dystopian adventure in which a group of … Continue reading

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A Mary Sue Ain’t Nothing But A Sandwich

It’s not uncommon for the same subject to come up on several of the writer’s groups that I follow at the same time, which I attribute to a kind of Fortian/Jungian mass unconscious, although it’s more likely because there’s a … Continue reading

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Juicy Bits

As part of the on-going discussion regarding the nature of speculative fiction and how changes in the dominant publishing paradigm are allowing for more latitude and innovation in narrative structures, I engaged in a conversation regarding the nature of “Pulp”–specifically, … Continue reading

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The Voice Of The Storyteller

The inspector sorted through the piles of printouts on his desk, still looking for a way to put all of the evidence together, to find some way to make sense of the mass of paper.  The data dump from the … Continue reading

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