Story Solution

A Story Solution Bonus: The Story Jacket

A Story Solution Bonus: The Story Jacket

Enter: The StoryJacket.   After the hook and a rough sketch of characters and plot, but before the outline goes too far, we always go through the process of getting what we call a StoryJacket on that outline. This is a full developmental edit of the narrative we’re planning to tell — the kind of edit…

The Story Solution: Theme

The Story Solution: Theme

So what is theme?  A theme is a guiding principle. Not quite a mantra; it’s not that easy to compartmentalize. More like a common thread. A running gag, without the humor. A theme holds things together that otherwise might fall apart. It’s an implied connection between items that might otherwise seem disparate.   Consider a well-planned…

The Story Solution: Plot

The Story Solution: Plot

To avoid wandering aimlessly, losing the reader, or putting them to sleep, story plot is important. With the Story Solution Sean & Johnny show the way!

The Story Solution: Characters

The Story Solution: Characters

Characters are the driving force behind story. We judge them on how they change and by how they interact with others.

The Story Solution: Ideal Reader & Hook

The Story Solution: Ideal Reader & Hook

Ideal Reader A story with a single, driving purpose. A central theme. A reason for the narrative to be told, rather than the noisy, aimless hodgepodge that too many of us are content to experience and label the modern condition.   It all starts with your ideal reader. We should explain. In Stephen King’s book On…

The Story Solution: Tone & Voice

The Story Solution: Tone & Voice

The same story can be told in different ways. That’s where tone (or, if you prefer, mood), comes in.   Whenever we have a cover made for one of our books, the designer asks us to fill out a form describing a few key details about the story. We’re always asked about genre, because that’s the…

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