Paul’s Story Trigonometry (Part 2)

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Paul’s Story Trigonometry (Part 1)

A little while back I presented an interesting model to help writers understand the central conflict in a story. I’ve since expanded upon the model and presented it as a blog post for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Germany / Austria. The post includes two different models:

  1. central conflict, two main characters
  2. central conflict, multiple main characters

I personally find these models very useful for critically reflecting upon an early draft, thereby paving the way for a strong rewrite. You might find the models useful too. Here’s the link to the post at SCBWI Germany / Austria.

Open Mic for the Gruft

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The last Open Mic at Cafe Korb in Vienna was a great success.  Proceeds from donations at the door went to The Gruft for their winter charity drive: Winter Packet. Almost €260 was raised. Some of the evening highlights:

  • Award winning Y.A. novelist, Keith Gray was MC for the evening.
  • Patrick O’Gorman donated three signed copies of his novel, “The Drowning of Innocence” for the charity cause.  The copies were snapped up by some savvy readers.
  • There was a lovely mix of performances, including short stories, novel excerpts, stand-up comedy, and a song.

The charming evening was a collaborative event by friends at Write Now, and Creative Cafe, which I administer.

Thank you to everyone who attended for their performances, fine company and generosity.

The above photos are a small selection from the October 2017 Open Mic

 

 

A Story Seed (how to write a powerful story)

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A Story Seed

A story seed,

contains everything needed,

to reach like a mighty redwood,

for the sun.

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With space to breathe,

on the fertile soil of the page,

flowing like a mountain stream from the pen,

in the sunshine of the imagination,

a story comes to life.

 

Where do you get such story seeds? Certainly not at the local nursery. And, despite what people might have heard, a story seed is not merely an idea.

One great place to discover a story seed is in your memory

A story seed can be yielded from the fruits of rich experience. They can arise through potent memories. They might not be imbued with vivid detail, but they are underlain with strong feeling. Out of curiosity, a strong desire to understand this feeling, the writer sets their pen to the page. And so the story begins.