Regardless of whether you're
writing a short story, novel, or a screenplay, any
kind of storytelling for that matter, the proper
structure of your story is tantamount to success.
As I originally got my start as a
screenwriter, I was always searching for helpful
bits of information regarding the concept of story
structure. Of course, like so many others I "grew"
in the industry under the Syd Field's three-act
paradigm. I've always struggled with this paradigm
for my own work. I just felt it something useful at
the amateur level, but lacked suitable credibility
at the professional level. Some years ago, I
discovered John Truby*, a screenwriter, director and
screenwriting teacher, who has served as a "script
doctor" on over 1,000 screenplays. I recognized in
Mr. Truby a compatriot soul who saw the same
limitations of the Syd Field Method of storytelling.
After much study, I prepared a form
which is based on Mr. Truby's original concepts. Of
course, being me, I had to refine it for my own use.
It has served me very well over the last decades and
I still use it today. In fact, it, along with other
forms I created, is the first writing I do when
starting my adventure. This goes for 10,000 word short
stories, screenplays, or 100,000 word novels. I
never proceed without first filling in "my forms."
I have decided to share them with
anyone who might want some assistance in kicking off
into the world of writing. Writing is a craft. Like
anything worth doing, it is worth doing well. I hope
you find the resources here of benefit to you as you
embark on your own writing career. By the way, all
the "forms" are FREE to use and to share. It
never hurts to help out a fellow scribe!
The ABCs of
Understanding Your Characters (an
example of character sketches) (coming soon)
Path of a Story (coming soon)
* - For more fantastic information
from a master, please click on the link below:
John Truby's Book