Casting a Story

How to People Your Plot by Sylvie Kurtz Casting a Story A writer shows her story through her characters—the way they act, the way they talk, the way they interact. These characters are not cardboard cutouts ordered from Central Casting. They serve a function—or else they shouldn’t have a role and take up valuable space….

Hurts So Good

Making Your Characters Suffer to Heal Them by Sylvie Kurtz Hurts So Good According to James Bonnet, a main character’s arc is like a spiral. If it spirals upward, he ends up at a better place than at the beginning of the story, taking him closer to paradise. If it spirals downward, he ends up…

A Good Bad Guy

How to Take Your Villain Out of His Cardboard Box and Make Him 3-D by Sylvie Kurtz A good bad guy When we set out to create a story, we don’t want to end up with something black-and-white filled with cardboard characters that the reader will forget five minutes after putting down the book. We…

Motivation

The Why of Story by Sylvie Kurtz Motivation “Intense desire is the foundation of all achievement,” I read recently in an article. Now the article talked about weight loss, but this statement could also apply to a good story. Intense desire is the foundation of an interesting character and a gripping conflict. Start with the…