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What are the first principles in writing a story that works?
At Story Grid, it's easy to get distracted by the tools, spreadsheets, commandments, macro lense, micro lense, and on and on. However, all of this eventually comes back to five first principles.
In Story Grid 101, Story Grid founder Shawn Coyne distills 30 years of experience working with writers to build their stories into five principles:
- Stories are made up of distinct parts, or units.
- Stories are about change.
- The change that happens in stories concerns Universal Human Values, the things that most people would say are necessary to survive and thrive in the world-or alternatively, the things that keep us from surviving and thriving.
- Each unit of story has a Story Event, a one-sentence distillation of what's happening and what value is changing.
- Within each story unit we find a pattern of change we call the Five Commandments of Storytelling.
Also inside of Story Grid 101, Shawn also introduces you to the fundamental tools:
- The Foolscap and Editor's Six Core Questions
- The Spreadsheet
- The Infographic
- The Four Core Framework
- Story's Boundaries
Story Grid 101 is for anyone new to Story Grid who needs a primer on how we approach our craft.