… to my spot on the web where I share knowledge of the art and engineering discipline of story creation.  You will also find news and information about my own work-in-progress epic fantasy fiction novel The General’s Legacy.  Please visit to the general’s Briefing Room – my blog.

For book readers

Thank you for your time and attention.  As I write I have you and your precious time forefront in my mind as I strive to make every reading moment worthwhile.  There are blog entries here about other stories I read or see on screen that may interest you and I also post updates about progress on whatever I am writing at the time.
If you are curious about the techniques that story creators use and the lengths I go to in making the best story I can the following may interest you too:

For other story creators and readers who want to know what makes a story dramatic

There are many facets that combine to make a story genuinely dramatic; the sort that have you eager to turn the next page or have you glued to the screen.  Once an idea for a story has been developed into a compelling dramatic concept, followed by a premise that uses it, the largest contributor to generating dramatic tension is a designed story structure.  Some writers may argue otherwise, or have other ways of creating drama.  The fact remains that the majority of screenplays and best selling novels all have a particular story structure in common.

Best selling novels such as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone are not dramatic by accident.  The most well known movies like Star Wars: A New Hope are not dramatic by accident either.  They were designed this way with a structure that defines the relationship between the protagonistic and antagonistic forces at a given point in the story as these two forces conflict.

“All drama is conflict. Without conflict, there is no action. Without action, there is no character. Without character, there is no story. And without story, there is no screenplay.” Syd Field

Over time I will post blog entries that de-construct well known and less well known stories into their nine key points of story structure that include the four main phases of a story.  If you are interested in learning the details of the story structure I am talking about here, I recommend reading Story Engineering by Larry Brooks.  Quite possibly the only book on writing craft you will ever need, although it is always best to read wide and deep on a complex subject such as story creation.

Good luck and dive in…

Recent Posts


Legend – one of those books I read a three quarters of a lifetime ago but still remember today. I’ve only ever read two books twice, I might have to make this the third. I suspect there is at least a little bit of Druss the Legend’s DNA running inside the veins of Garon, the old general in The General’s Legacy.


Flashback Friday is something I do here at Bookwraiths every once in a while; a time when I can post my thoughts about books that I’ve read in the past but never gotten around to reviewing. With the hectic schedule of day-to-day life and trying to review new releases, there never seems enough time to give these old favorites the spotlight that they deserve. But with a day all to themselves, there is no reason I can’t revisit them, so let’s take a look at a fun fantasy series, which would make a great summer read.


Legend by David Gemmell 

Genre: Fantasy

Series: The Drenai Saga #1 

Publisher: Ballantine Books (November 1994)

Length: 345 pages

My Rating: 4 stars

David Gemmell might not have invented action adventure fantasy, but he refined it, polished it up, and presented his updated version (Against the Horde/Legend) in 1984 to a reading…

View original post 662 more words

  1. Goodbye Traditional, Hello Indie – Results 1 Reply
  2. Is a fantasy novel truly complete without a map? 2 Replies
  3. The General’s Legacy Part One: Inheritance book cover 1 Reply
  4. Author Interview ~ Adrian G Hilder 3 Replies
  5. Fantasy / sci-fi book review: The Rogue Retrieval Leave a reply
  6. My Top 5 Gateway to Fantasy Books Leave a reply
  7. One way artificial intelligence can help authors with their research – for free 3 Replies