Welcome to the Story Shop
Writing a kick-ass story that engages readers and keeps them hooked from page one requires a mastery of craft and making a commitment to be a lifelong student of story (always practicing, learning and improving).
And the most important element you need to master is story structure. Without structure, your story won’t work. Period.
Learning story structure changed my life and my writing career. It’s the core of what I teach.
What you’ll find in this shop are the tools, resources and go-to processes that I personally use to plan, develop and write my novels, and to help my clients plan, develop and write their novels.
So grab a cup of java, find a comfy chair and have a look around.
To being lifelong students of story.
The Story Deconstruction Files
Structure is the core of every story. It’s what grabs the reader (or viewer, in the case of movies) and keeps them on the edge of their seats ’til the very end.
But learning structure and understanding how it works in a story are two totally different beasts. The best way to learn is to deconstruct stories, both movies and novels. (Why movies? Because the structure is the same as for novels, screenwriters just use different terminology. And you can watch several movies in a short period of time, whereas novels take awhile to read.)
In the Story Deconstruction Files you get full story deconstructions for four popular movies and one novel by a bestselling author. Discover how to implement structure in your stories by seeing how it works in other stories.
The deconstructions break down the story structure, explaining all of the plot points, the story exposition and why it all works.
In this kit you get deconstructions for:
- Leap Year (movie)
- Rudy (movie)
- Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella (novel)
- If I Stay (movie)
- Just Like Heaven (movie)