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.