A Process is something big.
Think of process as being synonymous with the levels of your Business, Income Streams, and Funnels.
Compression Planning is an efficient, streamlined, and modular approach to manage any and everything: ranging from your income streams down to your chores and tasks.
The benefit is that it is a highly visual system, specifically a planning system.
And if there’s anything that Writers need today is Planning- and System-Education.
The Compression Planning Process consists of six phases:
What does it mean?
So many people are confused and rightfully so, we’ve got so many systems, concepts, and ideas floating around the world that contradict each other. Heck, it’s the reason I started reading Writer’s Digest Magazines back in the late 80s. And to this day, I’m still hooked.
Here’s the first problem I find with Story Structure Systems.
There’s no way to “visually” show the flow of story and how it interacts with other elements. Kurt Vonnegut’s story charts posted on Derek Sivers’ site captured many people because they revealed a “visual” representation of Story Structure.
The second problem hinges on connection. …
Questions have been given a bad rap, why’s that?
Is it because we think of them in the wrong way or we’ve viewed them from the wrong point of view?
So, is it our viewpoint that’s lacking or is it our decision to look deeper into things ourselves?
As you know, we can go on and on with questions.
They’re one of the omniscient things in our universe, and yet, many of us don’t use them to our advantage.
How can questions help us write better?
The first power of questions lies in their ability to sneak outside the box and yet, remain hidden from view. …
Since the audience follows the Protagonist, let’s say the Protagonist is our Perception into the World of a Story.
Knowing this, humans have a need to find balance first to find their way toward some sense of Truth.
As a roadmap, there is only one way to find balance.
We must discover what is good and what is bad.
Once we know those extremes, then it’s easy to find the right balance between the two.
This is what the Protagonist seeks in any story, to find that perfect balance to not just a meaningful life, but to experiencing meaning in his/her life. …
We can be more innovative by using all Four Brains of Story Development to build more meaningful, efficient, and provocative stories that will capture the imagination, wonder, and awe of Ancient Mythologies.
The Four Brains of Story Development are:
What is Story Development?
The Process of Story Development is simply the process of building a story until it reaches maturity.
The problem of many stories today is they are prematurely birthed, malnourished, or simply are not given enough time to develop enough to stand on their own.
As a consequence of this widespread phenomenom, I am committed to discovering and mastering the techniques required to manage a story from inception through its maturation process. …
As we increase our knowledge, we’re able to leverage our information in one area and use it to strengthen us in another. I find it SAD that we have wonderful software for Movie Production, Animation, Image Manipulation, and Audio Production, but our software for “writing” hasn’t evolved in decades.
This is real SAD.
I’m like you, really — REALLY?
But they say necessity is the mother of invention and I was pushed to ask this question during lunch today, what can we learn from Storyboarding to help us write better scripts?
Is it the right word?
Is it a better word?
Which one makes sense?
Which one is valid?
And the hardest question of all,
Which one is RIGHT?
As you struggle with words and terms, the life of a writer pushes you to question, to research, to bombard your mind with so many ideas and directions that if you’re not lost, then you’re not doing it right.
How do you make sense of this?
The life of a writer, is it really pristine work, is it this augmented lifestyle that evokes those on this road with superhuman powers?
Like all artistic endeavors, being a writer is not a conscious decision, it is an emotional decision, a mental chore, a spiritual sojourn. …
Yeah, welcome to our world.
You spend many years of your life struggling with confusion.
Not about writing techniques, but those who deliver writing techniques because they use different words for the same thing.
And they don’t apologize for it, they don’t send gift cards, and they don’t mention that others use a different word for the same thing.
So, in my writing techniques Series, I’m going to tackle a simple term.
It’s been called by many names:
Don’t know the origins of this one, either comic books, sci-fi revolution of the 60s, Spy Novels, or some of those great b-rated black and white films. …
If you’re still using Acts to break down your stories, then don’t read beyond this point. This is for delivering a new and improved way of story development, the sequence.
There are many definitions, but I like to think of them as COMPOSITE STORY CHUNKS that are filled with several scenes.
Composite is defined as “made of distinct components” and as a “compound.”
The distinct components are scenes, make sense?
Now, before I begin, let me explain the power of using sequences to organize, assess, and develop your story.
Sequences deliver an incredible and powerful way to organize your story. Many people have different methods, but go beyond the techniques (How) and understand the (Why). …
You split your story into twelve parts and then you organize your scenes in each of them.
This is NOT a common approach to Sequences, but it will help you with your Story Design.
You’re going to hear about using 8 Sequences, which is great as well, but it’s only double four.
Some prefer four, some eight, some nine, others twelve I’ll leave you to decide which works best for you.
This is not a how-to manual for your Sequences, it’s a general outline to get you going in the right direction.
We experience the Ordinary world of the Protagonist.
The Protagonist is given the Call to Adventure. …