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I Got a New Job!

Exciting news! I’m starting a grand new adventure … teaching high school! That’s right, I’m the new 9th and 10th grade English teacher at Tuacahn High School of the performing arts! I can’t tell you how excited I am about this school, its students, and its faculty. I am completely thrilled to be a part of…

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Designing Principle #5: Parallel Stories and Myth

The fifth category in our exploration of designing principles is the use of parallel stories and myth. In my first post, I discussed The Godfather and how it used a designing principle with an underlying fairy tale structure. In fact, the hero’s journey (aka: mythic structure) is the exact same strategy, where the major plot beats of the…

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Designing Principle #2: Setting and Environment

My second category in my series on designing principle is using your setting and environment to as inspiration for your story’s design. It’s interesting that the predominant structure we talk about is a mountain, which is ultimately a metaphor for a certain kind of movement and escalating energy to a story. In my first post…

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Story Structure Diagrams

Yes, it’s true, I’ve had story structure on the brain. I’ve also recently joined pinterest (of which I immediately became addicted). But there’s a happy side effect of these two obsessions… this post! I love visual representations of novels and narrative structure, and pinterest gave me a place to collect all these fascinating, beautiful, funny,…

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Three Great Books: Liars, Outsiders, and Sky

At every conference I go to I hear the mantra read, read, read, read, read!  Okay great guru’s of the publishing industry I shall heed your word! So I’ve been piling up on the library books, audio commute companions, and book store treasures in order to stay up on the market. And as a reader…

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The Writing Gym: Use It or Lose It

Summer’s coming, is your bikini body ready? It seems spring has sprung and that means the check-out stand at the grocery store is filled with magazine headlines endorsing ten minute work-outs and crash diets. And while I’m anti-gym and pro-cupcake, I found myself wondering if my philosophy of physical fitness might have some layover in…

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