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Dan Harmon Story Circle: 8 Proven Steps to Better Stories

Dan Harmon Story Circle: 8 Proven Steps to Better Stories

I love writing. Not as a profession, but as a way to satiate that creative hunger. I’ve currently writing a half dozen short stories, poems, scripts and novels simultaneously just to let my storytelling flag fly. I don’t have aspirations of publishing. Chances are they won’t be finished. It’s all about the process of creating new worlds and characters. I seriously believe it’s the closes thing to being a God. But the writing process can be difficult.. especially if you didn’t receive proper training. Granted, I took a few writing classes in high school and college (and got awesome praise for my content, thank you very much!), but I never really took it seriously as a way of life or a means to share what I create with others. But it’s very important to adopt structure in your writing to tell a proper, engaging story. Sometimes I just ‘free write’. That means I dive in without any ideas of what the story is, or where it’s going and just creating on the fly. I love it. It’s a great way to discover certain directions in a story that you’d never considered. But now I’m looking to try out some simple structure.

I found this Youtube video on Dan Harmon’s Story Circle; simple steps to building an engaging story. They use The Dark Knight as a point of reference which plays perfectly with the 8 steps. I don’t know what my next story will be, but I know I’ll be testing these steps.

Quote of the Moment: Maria Popova

The first sentence can be written only after the last sentence has been written. First drafts are hell. Final drafs.. Paradise.
Maria Popova
Quote of the Moment: Maria Popova

Go Over

Go Over

Your life is like hanging from a cliff.
One moment of weakness, and you fall.
You keep hanging on, screaming for help,
muffled by  pride and pretension.

You’ve become the face you show
everyone, not the real you inside.

You’ve lost that person.

Too much time has passed
since he’s seen the sky and the stars.

Forever you will struggle on that cliff.

You will die there, slipping away,
with bloody fingers etched
in rocks and earth.

You will pass on not knowing the irony
that your salvation was in fact
at the bottom of the cliff.

Me

Quote of the Moment: Homeless Guy

The smartest people in the world are the people who make the most mistakes and choose to learn from them.
Homeless Guy
Quote of the Moment: Homeless Guy

New Cover: Apocrypha Season 2

New Cover: Apocrypha Season 2

Starting the zombie book. Peep the cover.

Writing Update: Nikolas Poole & The Rise Of The Seraphim

Writing Update: Nikolas Poole & The Rise Of The Seraphim

I’m still writing. Two weeks of The Shingles kinda knocked me off of my creative game. After a long minute, I started revisiting my writing game.

After reading through my very rough draft of the first 10 chapters, I decided to make some slight changes to the characters. The most prominent change was changing the main character’s name from Victor to Nikolas. No real reason. It just played better inside my head.

In other news, I had to build another writing site from scratch. I could never find the right template to use, but i’m giving it another try. The new site is www.toddkelley.net/storytelling. I’m still back filling my older stuff

New Project: Craig

New Project: Craig

After months of inactivity, I feel like I have to retire my zombie novel Apocrypha once again. But luckily for me, creative written inspiration has returned to me, in the form of the monster hunter simply known as: CRAIG!