We use a number of methods to analyze your manuscript or outline, but primarily we use the Story Grid.
I had a client last year, Briana, who had spent a lot of time on her novel and written about half the story, but had a good idea how the rest would turn out. We had about a three hour conversation about the structure of her book and she put the recording on her podcast, so if you want to learn how we help authors find their stories, listen to the podcast.
Briauna does about a 5 minute introduction and then the recording of our session starts. We spoke for a little over two hours, but she edited it down to about 30 minutes. We cover the first part of the book pretty thoroughly, but the middle and ending of the book are mostly cut out (probably because she didn’t want to ruin the ending for her potential readers).
The purpose of this session was to help iron out the 20 core scenes of her book which is Story Grid lingo are the 5 commandments of the four acts, what we call the spine of the story.
- Inciting Incident
- Turning Point
- Crisis Question
Let us know if you have any questions about our method! Or go over to the Story Grid Website where they have articles, videos, and tutorials.