… 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…

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Top Eleven Fantasy Or Science Fiction Characters I’d Love To Have A Beer With

I thought this was fun. Who are your top 11?

The other day a blog I follow asked the question “What literary character would you like to have a beer with?” Naturally, I thought about it, and I came up with a host of people that I would love to hang out with, drink a beer with, and just sit around swapping stories with – if these guys actually existed of course.

When trying to weed my list down to a manageable ten, I couldn’t get there. I did find a way to get to eleven, but even then, I found that there were some fantasy and science fiction characters that just had to be put together, because I could not imagine handing a beer to one without the other being there waiting for theirs, so you will notice that in my list there are groups of people as well as individuals. Perhaps this is cheating, but it is my…

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