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Ben Wilson

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Building Audience

Persistence Wins Persistent, consistent, and frequent stories, delivered to an aligned audience, will earn attention, trust, and action. Ten Things Good Stories Do Bernadette shares ten things that good stories do; if the story you’re telling yourself (and others) doesn’t do these things for you, you might need to dig deeper and …
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Major Character Template

Character Name Overview NAME is a (Descriptive Phrase). For him, life is a (WORLDVIEW). Others say he is best known for (ACCOMPLISHMENT). When people first meet him, they notice his (DEFINING CHARACTERISTIC & PERSONALITY), then they notice that (TRAITS THAT ADD OR CONTRADICTS DOMINANT TRAIT) Because of (TRAGEDY), he needs to …
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Story Equation

Four parts of Storyline Spiritual Darkness: The Lie He Believes Confirmation of the Lie Voice of Truth Realizing the Lie, and Relying on the Truth Build Character’s Story Who is the Voice of Truth in your story, and in a way that isn’t preaching, what can he or she say that drops a crumb of Truth that will later nourish …
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Eight-Pointed Snowflake

Plotting writers are always looking for the right structure to frame their book. I’ve tried a few with mixed degrees of success. Here is a model that mixes Randy Ingermanson’s Snowflake Method with the eight segments used by David Lean and the inner character development model espoused in Susan May Warren’s The …

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Analyzing Spectre

As I did with [Skyfall]({%post_url 2012-12-15-skyfall-plot-analysis %}), I wanted to offer a few story observations on Spectre. I hope to avoid spoilers, but in case I fail, consider yourself warned. Again we see sophisticated storytelling with a clear moral theme.

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Review: Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction

Like any aspiring author, I’ve read more than my fair share of books on writing. After reading Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction, I thought it was worth a review. Since the book is nearly six years old, I doubt this review will cause a significant sales bump. As a good primer, it encourages referencing to other …

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