STORY TERMS GLOSSARY

Confused about what all of these storytelling terms mean? Here’s a glossary of the terms I use. Plus it’s organized in a handy outline template.

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GOALS, MOTIVATIONS, AND CONFLICTS WITH THE LAST JEDI

Here are the cheat codes to GMCs with gifs from THE LAST JEDI.

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STORY STRUCTURE WITH BLACK PANTHER

Pantsers, plotters, and everything in between, here are the cheat codes to story structure with BLACK PANTHER gifs.

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BUILDING ANTICIPATION WITH THE HUNGER GAMES

Whether you're a plotter or a pantser, I want the odds to ever be in your favor. Let's look at what The Hunger Games shows us about HOW TO BUILD ANTICIPATION.

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STRONG OPENINGS WITH STRANGER THINGS

You need a strong opening to hook the reader into devouring the rest of your book. STRANGER THINGS shows us how to nail a strong opening every time.

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NEO'S FAILURE PROVES HIS HEROISM

Sure, you could save the day in the first ten minutes. But wouldn't it be more fun to use failure to prove why your character is the hero we need? THE MATRIX shows us how.

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HOW EMPATHY DRIVES OUR BEST CREATIVE WORK

Let’s look at the three different kinds of empathy and how they impact what we write.

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WHY GENRE FICTION IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER

Genre fiction has always been a vital mechanism for change, least of all for one reason.

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WHAT MOANA SHOWS US ABOUT CREATING EMOTIONAL RESONANCE

These six scenes will transform how you approach creating emotional resonance.


HOW TO WRITE BACK COVER COPY/BCCs

The BCC, also known as the back cover copy or blurb, makes or breaks whether someone buys your books. Ready to make your BCC irresistible? 

The Hook 

The First 50 Words

The Three Essential Elements of a BCC

Why the First Six Lines Make or Break your BCC

The Final Paragraph

BONUS: The Prestige Paragraph

Let me know if you have questions. And if you want my help writing yours, hire me!