A Conversation with Story: Advancement of Plot through Conflict

Story: What's up? Me: I'm writing a love scene. Story: I see that. Where's the conflict? Me: What conflict? It's a love scene. They're in love. Story: You delight in making my life difficult, don't you? Me: Of course not...oh, I see what you did there. You advanced our dialog through conflict. Story: Exactly. All …

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A Dialog with Story: On Dialog

Story: Here we go again. Me: What's wrong now? Story: Your dialog. People don't talk that way. Me: Well, I can't write it the way people really talk, either. Have you ever listened to how people talk? They hem and haw and start and stop...you try writing a story like that and see how fast …

Conversation with Story: Trusting the Reader to Trust You

Story: What are you doing? Me: Writing. Story: No, what are you doing? Me: I thought I was writing. Story: You don't see what you did back there, did you? Me: Back where? Story: Five pages back. I'll wait. Me: Oh. Yeah. Well, you see, I wanted to make sure the reader understood what was …

Conversing with Story: Cloaking Uncertainty with Genre

Me: I want to write a historical science fiction horror story today. Story: How nice for you. Me: I haven't written one in a long time. Come to think of it I've never written that blend of genre. Plus, they're really hot right now. Story: That's true. They are selling like hotcakes. Me: So I …

A Polite Conversation: First, Enter an Idea. Later, Enter Story.

Idea: Hello. Me: Who are you? Idea: An idea. Me: Hey, you're not too bad. Idea: I know. I think I have promise. Me: So do I. Excuse me a moment. Idea: Where are you going? Me: I'm going to write. Idea: Whoa! Hold on a minute. You're going to write me? Me: Why not? …

Conversation with Story: The Heartbreak of First Love, Lost

Me: I'm sorry. Story: So am I. I wanted it to work out. Me: I feel I've failed you in some way. Story: No. We both wanted it to work, but it didn't come together. Hey, it's not like we didn't try. Not like we didn't care. Me: When I first had the idea of …

Another Conversation with Story: The Synergy of Creativity and Process

Me: One thing I don't understand. Story: Just one? I doubt that. Anyway, that's why I'm here. Shoot. Me: Why is it sometimes you seem to write yourself, and other times it's like pulling teeth from a wolverine to get you finished? Story: Oh, boy. I was afraid you were going to ask me that …