Story Development

Watch a story develop over time

Story Development – Search for The Astral Dragon

A lengthy excerpt from my new story, Search for the Astral Dragon, is below. First a bit of discussion: I decided to gear my new story toward young adults instead of middle-grade readers. That allows me more flexibility with regard… Read More ›

Search for The Astral Dragon – Part Two: Emotional Bonding

Let’s continue analyzing the beginning of this story, this time with emotional bonding in mind. Here is a link to the story’s first two chapters: Story Development – A Space Adventure This time we will look at the aspects I… Read More ›

Search for the Astral Dragon Analysis – Part One

Let’s analyze the beginning of this story and see how it satisfies the suggestions I made for a good story launch: Here is a link to the story’s first two chapters: Story Development – A Space Adventure We will first… Read More ›

Story Development – A Space Adventure

I am posting this beginning of my new story to discuss aspects of story development, which I hope will take place in the comments section. I posted earlier versions of it almost two years ago, and this is updated with… Read More ›

Story Development – Let the Ghosts Speak Part 4

Parts 1, 2, and 3 of Let the Ghosts Speak brought the story to the crisis event, which some call the inciting incident. Because of this incident, the protagonist’s normal world will never be the same. He will now have to… Read More ›

Story Development – Let the Ghosts Speak Part 2

In Part 1 of Let the Ghosts Speak, we saw the essential beginnings of a story. Grab the reader’s attention with a hook beginning (“I have forgotten love. My chains have driven it from me.”) Raise questions that the reader… Read More ›

Story Development – Updated Science-Fiction Story

After reading the beginning of the new science-fiction story I posted a few weeks ago, an astute writer/reader friend commented that the focal character (Megan) seemed a lot like some of my other characters, that I should consider altering her…. Read More ›