- The 5 Elements of Story
- The Elements Explained: Character
- The Elements Explained: Objective
- The Elements Explained: Conflict
- The Elements Explained: Action
- The Elements Explained: Stakes
- Ramping Up the Elements
- Wrap-Up and Homework
Writers of story-driven fiction or memoir often pay too much attention to crafting beautiful sentences. It's not that poetic lines aren't appealing, but story is way more important. Can you think of any very successful novels that were horribly "written"? Their success came from their storytelling.
This short course provides an introduction to the key elements necessary for every story and for every scene in your story. If you want to craft stories that have momentum, that readers cannot set down, you need to understand what a story really is. Ensuing courses in my Momentum series go into much more depth, but this course is the foundation.
TD Storm is an award-winning writer and teacher whose work has appeared in a number of journals. His passion for storytelling and its inner workings inform his teaching, editing, and mentoring. He has been teaching for the past 16 years, and he's a celebrated editor. As Josh Cook, book critic for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, writes, "Nothing gets past TD Storm. Working with editors over the years, sometimes you want to test your crafting abilities and let a crazy sentence fly—abstraction, too much telling, piling on unnecessary details—and you can, for the most part, get away with it. Not with TD. This guy's got a heck of a head on him. He sniffs out everything. Astute, rigorous, and generous; and it's all in service of improving the piece and strengthening your voice."