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Previous Issues Of The Saturday Storyteller

The Magic of Surprising Yet Believable Plot Twists

The Magic of Surprising Yet Believable Plot Twists

Read Time: 4 minutesEver finished a story and thought, "I should have seen that coming!" while simultaneously being blown away by the surprise? That's the sorcery of a well-crafted plot twist. This week we're exploring plot twists that shock your audience while...

Deconstructing The Matrix to Build Your Own Narrative

Deconstructing The Matrix to Build Your Own Narrative

Read Time: 4 minutesEver wonder why some stories captivate you while others fall flat? The secret often lies in their structure – the invisible framework that supports every great tale. This week we're digging into the world of story construction so let's get into it....

Driving Your Story Forward with Dramatic Questions

Driving Your Story Forward with Dramatic Questions

Read Time: 3 minutesCapturing your audience's attention from the very first scene is crucial. One powerful technique is to pose dramatic questions that not only pique curiosity but also propels the narrative forward. In this article, we'll explore how to craft...

Setting the Stage for a Perfect Act 1

Setting the Stage for a Perfect Act 1

Read Time: 5 minutesWelcome to the starting line of your story: Act 1 Your first act is where the magic begins. It's where you introduce everyone to the world you've dreamed up and the characters who live in it. This is your moment to hook your audience and send them...

The Narrative Power of the Story Spine

The Narrative Power of the Story Spine

Read Time: 4 minutesEvery great story, from ancient myths to modern blockbusters, captivates its audience with a compelling narrative. At the heart of these unforgettable tales lies a timeless principle: the Story Spine. Developed by playwright Kenn Adams, the Story...

10 Storytelling Secrets Decoded by ChatGPT

10 Storytelling Secrets Decoded by ChatGPT

Read Time: 2 minutesI asked GPT-4 to share the 10 most interesting facts it knows about the art and craft of storytelling. I must admit, it told me some things I didn't know: 1. When we hear stories, our brains release oxytocin, a hormone associated with empathy....

8 Essential Strategies for Compelling Narratives

8 Essential Strategies for Compelling Narratives

Read Time: 3 minutesWant to create stories that keep audiences up at night? Well, you'll need every trick you can muster. Get ahead of the pack by applying these bite-sized tips when developing your work-in-progress: 1. Adore Your Story Either love your plot and...

7 Pillars for Creating Characters that Captivate

7 Pillars for Creating Characters that Captivate

Read Time: 3 minutesDynamic characters breathe life into every gripping narrative. If they’re cardboard cutouts, your story is DOA. Today we’re assembling seven vital pillars for character building. Then you’ll get a ChatGPT prompt to develop your story’s cast. Let’s...

Navigating the Nuances of the Three-Act Structure

Navigating the Nuances of the Three-Act Structure

Read Time: 5 minutesToday we’re peeling back the layers of plot architecture. Think of this as a crash course in the three-act structure where two proven frameworks meet at the drafting table. So whether you’re a fan of Syd Field’s classic paradigm or Larry Brooks’...