I apply the Story Grid Editor's Six Core Questions to one of my favorite Talking Animal fantasies.
Except that it is. In the Story Grid universe, we editors talk a lot about genre. Genre defines the core of a story. Genre is how the writer meets reader expectations. From it we derive conventions and obligatory scenes. In a very real sense, genre is the heart of the Story Grid method. According to … Continue reading Fantasy is not a genre
Someone asked me, "Why do you call your website Rags to Written?" Aside from the fact that it has a good ring to it, the phrase suggests a transformation from unfinished to complete, from tattered to done. It encapsulates a writer's journey and it is, in and of itself, a story. In a sense, it … Continue reading Rags to Written
I'm always awed by the enthusiasm of writers this time of year. Whether you're a pantser or plotter or somewhere in between, right now - RIGHT NOW - you stand on the cusp of inspired creativity. During the course of the next 30 days, you will be changed. Some of us will have 50,000+ words … Continue reading All NaNo’s Eve
I’m a writer, and of all the methods and approaches I’ve studied about the craft, Story Grid is the one that makes the most sense to me because of its simplicity and scalability. I’m also a Story Grid Editor, because I believe that good writers are made, not born. I’d like to show you one … Continue reading Using the Foolscap to Draft Your Next Novel