Defining literary structure

This is excerpted from my upcoming article in Game Wrap Magazine, volume 2-- "No battle plan survives contact with the enemy" about the tension between narrative design and player autonomy. I pulled this part out because it's applies structure in all storytelling forms, not just larps. One of the tools storytellers use to shape narrative … Continue reading Defining literary structure

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Toolbox theory of storytelling

In the last several years of my becoming more of a serious writer, I've developed a particular system to think about it. I've found that whenever approaching a craft, it helps my brain a lot to think of it in terms of a series of concepts with specific definitions associated with certain purposes. I believe … Continue reading Toolbox theory of storytelling

Murder magnet

As a consumer and producer of adventure and mystery stories, there's a certain trope that always gets on my nerves. When you're doing case-based storytelling, when "working a case" provides the climactic structure, there needs to be some mechanism to bring the affair to the detective figure's attention. There's a certain way of handling that … Continue reading Murder magnet