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Two senior authors like Storyteller Tools!

Just in case you were wondering what established authors think about my Storyteller Tools: Outline from vision to finished novel without losing the magic (download)… Ken MacLeod recently tweeted: @mharoldpage Found your book very useful in getting from ideas etc

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Outline of Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Somebody suggested I do a basic story outline of a familiar tale, so here it is: Goldilocks goes for a walk but is lost and hungry. Goldilocks finds a house but it’s empty. It’s somebody else’s house, but hunger makes her

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Conflict Diagram for Die Hard

A reader said it would be useful if I did some diagrams of movies, so here’s a conflict diagram of the classic 1988 Die Hard. (You can read a full synopsis here.) I’ve used green to show McClane’s team, red to

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WIP: Assault on the Sky Tomb of the Earth Kin

What with Kurtzhau underfoot with Miskatonic Adonisitis or something like that, I’ve had to pause my novels and focus on something shorter, in this case a short story I’ve had on my to-do list for  a while. As always I

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Barbarian in the City

While I’m waiting for the next contract — and in between catching up on admin — I’ve started writing Barbarian in the City, the example novel I outlined in Storyteller Tales. Here’s what the outline looks like in Scrivener: If

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FAQ: Won’t using your tools drown out my “voice”?

Voice is one of the things aspiring writers angst over. However, the genre reader mostly doesn’t care about your voice as long as it’s competent and reflects the point-of-view character; they want to be immersed in the story and carried forward

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Beowulf Pitfight! Michael Morpurgo Versus Rosemary Sutcliff

Some of my teacher friends get cross with me when I use the term “Cattle Poo Chronicles” to refer to the books Kurtzhau regularly has to endure from school. My complaint is not that these books don’t pass his blood-and-thunder

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FAQ: How I do Conflict Diagrams for Impending Doom stories?

I had a nice email from reader HM (who gave me permission to use this here): I’ve read Storyteller’s Tools a couple of times now and have had several epiphanies about how stories work and are constructed. Thanks for those!

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10-year-old-gamer uses my Conflict Diagrams

DeeM is using our kitchen table to prep an adventure while Kurtzhau finishes off some homework. (He started GMing Maelstrom Doomsday after his excellent experience at Conpulsion, but has being the running red box D&D for nearly a year now.) As I

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Teaching Creative Outlining at Conpulsion 2014

When I mentioned to my sword-buddy Tiggs that I was writing up my creative process her eyes lit up. “You must come and teach it at Conpulsion.” Conpulsion, if you have just tuned in, is Edinburgh’s yearly gaming convention run

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