Tag: Story

  • In a Mirror Dimly

    In a Mirror Dimly

    The friendship of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis is widely known throughout the world today.  Both influenced modern fantasy in profound ways.  Both of their respective writings were charged with Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.  As writers and storytellers we can learn much from Tolkien, Lewis, and other fine storytellers throughout history. But why have the […]

  • Character and Characterization

    Character and Characterization

    In this article we explore the differences and relationship between character and characterization. We can think of characterization simply as the outward appearance of a person or, more specifically, as the observable aspects of that person. This may include how he dresses, what he drives, where he chooses to live, what he does for work, […]

  • Why Do I Write, Part I: A Noble Task

    Why Do I Write, Part I:  A Noble Task

    From time to time it is good to ask ourselves the question, “Why do I write? Why do I tell stories?”  We often focus on the craft elements of writing—plot structure, characterization, pacing, etc.— which is a good thing, but it is also good to look at our stories on an even deeper level.  At […]

  • The Gap, An Introduction

    The Gap, An Introduction

    What is the Gap? The Gap is a term I learned from the book Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee.1 I refer to this book often as McKee does a great job teaching story craft, beginning with the basic elements of story and building upon them.  While primarily targeted […]

  • Value Charges and Changes, Part I

    One of the things that fascinates me most about stories is the changes that occur throughout the telling.  To better understand this, let’s look at one of the smallest elements that makes up a story.     In his book Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting, Robert McKee calls these elements “Story Values,”1 the […]