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The Bourne Ultimatum

Movie: Directed by Paul Greengrass. Inciting Event: After escaping Moscow, Bourne sees an article about himself by London reporter Simon Ross. He contacts Ross and asks to meet at Waterloo Station. For all intents and purposes, there is no new conflict in this story. It picks up directly following the end of Bourne Supremacy. Bourne’s […]

Bourne Supremacy Matt Damon

The Bourne Supremacy

Movie: Directed by Paul Greengrass. Inciting Event: Kirill the Russian assassin arrives in Goa, India. Bourne immediately spots him and realizes he’s there to kill him. He and Marie flee, with Bourne intending to circle back and kill Kirill. Just as Marie tells him has “a choice” whether or not to continue as a killer, […]

Bourne Identity Matt Damon

The Bourne Identity (2002)

Inciting Event: Bourne discovers his IDs at the Zurich bank. First Plot Point: Bourne hires Marie to help him escape the Embassy and find his Paris address. First Pinch Point: Chimp attacks Bourne in his Paris apartment. Midpoint: Bourne and Marie abandon her car and go on the run together. Second Pinch Point: Wombozi is […]

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How to Tell if Your Story Has Too Much Plot, Not Enough Character

Can a story have too much plot? It might surprise you (especially if you’re a regular reader of the site), but the answer is absolutely, yes. Implicit in the question of too much plot is the idea that a story should have more of something else. Usually that something else is character. This is where we […]

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6 Requirements for Writing Better Character Goals

Quick. Tell me what your characters want. Maybe you have an immediate answer. Maybe your protagonist wants to save the world, survive, or live happily ever after. While those are all legit goals that have powered hundreds of good stories, what I’m talking about is what your characters want. I’m talking about the one thing your […]

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4 Challenges of Writing for a Modern Audience

Sometimes I think everything I learned about life I learned from The Andy Griffith Show. For instance, in the episode “Andy Discovers America,” when Andy is incredulous about the new school teacher “starting them awful young for history,” Aunt Bea just sighs, “Well, maybe they have to. There’s more of it these days.” If that idea was […]

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5 Ways to Successfully Start a Book With a Dream

Don’t start a book with a dream.  This has become one of those bits of writing advice that has passed into legend, right along with “show, don’t tell” and “write what you know.” There are so many good reasons for this. Dream openings are notorious for being boring, irrelevant, misleading, and cliched. As a “fake” opening, […]

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Cohesion and Resonance! Cohesion and Resonance! Cohesion and Resonance!

So many pieces have to come together to create skillful fiction that it’s almost disingenuous to suggest there are only one or two that make or break the story. But turns out: it’s true. And if my marquee-style post title wasn’t enough to give it away, let me spell it out: for a story to work, […]

7 Ways to Write Thematically-Pertinent Antagonists

7 Ways to Write Thematically-Pertinent Antagonists

Thematically-pertinent antagonists are the lynchpin that holds together any successful story. You can write delicious protagonists, snappy dialogue, riveting conflict, and deep themes—and still, your story can fail simply because the antagonist was taken for granted as a leering, two-dimensional bad guy. We’ve talked before about how (somewhat non-intuitively) the character who provides the entire foundation for […]

Deepen Your Story with Character Misdirection

Deepen Your Story With Character Misdirection

In childhood, stories are always about exactly what they appear: “See Spot. See Spot run.” But as we grow older and our life experiences deepen, so do our story experiences. What emerges is often a complex weave of subtext and misdirection. Life isn’t always as we perceive it on its surface—and even when it is, half the […]