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Storyline Conference

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... Continue Reading →


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 --... Continue Reading →

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.... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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