Climactic Scenes

Stories are defined by their climactic scenes. Imagine the foggy airport and Humphrey Bogart telling Ingrid Bergman: ...I've got a job to do too. Where I'm going, you can't follow. What I've got to do, you can't be any part of. Ilsa, I'm no good at being noble, but it doesn't take much to see … Continue reading Climactic Scenes


Anticipating Conflict

I've been on vacation and started a new job, broke my collar bone playing softball but on the mend, and I'm back on track now. Still working through Donald's Storyline conference. Last post, I outlined why conflict is good -- why it is needed for a story to become great. Although I like to read … Continue reading Anticipating Conflict

Three Reasons Conflict is Good

Still working through Donald Miller's Storyline Conference.  This week is about conflict. Every storyteller's greatest friend is conflict. Without conflict, a story cannot and will not be meaningful. Yet, we avoid conflict... and we shouldn't. Here are three reasons why. 1) Conflict lends value to our ambitions. When it's hard to get, we value it … Continue reading Three Reasons Conflict is Good

Module Four: Cast of Characters – Who Am I Telling My Story With?

    Still going through Donald Miller's Storyline Conference -- following the exercises. The Storyline conference helps people to take the elements of a story and apply them to life, so that I'm living a better story. Thank you to all who commented on last week's module about inciting incidents. I loved the feedback! In … Continue reading Module Four: Cast of Characters – Who Am I Telling My Story With?

What If?

Module Three in Donald's storyline conference is called, "Inciting Incidents." The writer in me loves the alliteration in those two words and I also like that the first word is often a misnomer used by little kids for "exciting." It's a cute play on words. In stories, characters don't take action unless they have to. … Continue reading What If?

Part 2, Module One: My Roles

    A storyline is a fluid decision filter. (I'm going through Donald Miller's storyline conference). I don't know about you, but I have the hardest time making decisions. I believe that most Generation Xers do. It's perhaps because our parents allowed us so much freedom. Instead of handing us a canvas and saying, "paint … Continue reading Part 2, Module One: My Roles