Ironic Physical Hook

Posted On Oct 6 2013 by

I’m going to spend the next few months going through the story creation steps outlined in Stanley Williams’ excellent book, The Moral Premise. For those of you who’ve been following me, you know that I’ve become a student of Story Structure this year. This is my next educational step in my writing career. Trust me, the steps never end. But this is a big one. Writers like Larry Brooks, KM Weiland, and James Scott Bell all approach structure from a slightly different angle, but they all converge at the same point. I’ve written four novels. All with basic writing skills …


Moments of Grace

Posted On Oct 6 2013 by

At the midpoint of every well-written movie or book is what Dr. Stanley Williams calls the Moment of Grace. This is when the protagonist realizes the error of his ways and makes a choice to accept (or decline) a change in his life that will set him on the course to happiness, success, getting the girl, catching the killer, whatever the case may be. Minor characters also have a Moment of Grace, but they can take place anywhere within the story. James Scott Bell refers to this moment as the Man in the Mirror. It is (sometimes literally) when a …