Picture this: You’re at a networking event, a writing class or sat in a coffee shop with friends. You find the courage to tell the group, ‘I’ve got a really good idea for a story!’ Perhaps it’s a web series, an autobiography, a blog, a script or an essay. Then some know-it-all interjects with a million questions— ‘what happens…who’s the protagonist…what’s the point of their journey…who is the target audience…can I read your first draft?’ And your response is ‘errrr,’ because you either don’t know how to answer any of these questions or because you’re 'working on it’…two years later, you’re 'still working on it!’
This nano course will get you thinking about the plausibility of your story idea through story structure!
Let’s nip the uncertainty and procrastination in the bud together with a bit of reading, quizzing, discussing, thinking, creating, reflecting and actioning.
Together, we'll explore five fundamental elements of storytelling:
The resources (including case studies, links and templates), quizzes, reflexive practice exercises and creative writing exercises will support you in applying these story elements to your project— allowing you to make sense of your ideas and piece together an engaging and professional story structure in a way that’s seldom possible when you rely solely on improvisation.
As outlined in the 'How It Works' lecture, this exercise exists to get you thinking about how well though out your idea is currently. There are no 'right' or 'wrong' answers as such, but I'd encourage you to answer honestly and carefully (you did pay for the privilege after all, so you might as well get your money's worth).
This is not a race! Take as much time as you need for each question. Have your preferred writing or typing materials at the ready, and click 'done' when you're ready to move on.
Remember, you have lifetime access to this nano course, so you can so this exercise as many times as you like. As your project evolves, or when you're ready to start a new creative journey, this exercise will be here for you.
Although these questions are pretty open, and you can tailor your answers to suit the needs of your project, I am conscious that this exercise might be difficult if you don't know where to start or if you have writers' block. Fear not! There are templates and guides in the handbook to help if you ever get stuck.
Finally, like all Scribble Online curriculums, this course is for you to enjoy. Don't worry about perfection, just enjoy the process as that's kind of the point!
The following questions are based on the extract taken from John Yorke's 'Into the Woods', cited in the handbook. Read through the extract again, and when you're ready, work your way through the multiple-choice-magic!
Well done! You've used the reflexive practice exercise to assess the current stage of your story development, you've ploughed through a range of in-depth and inspiring resources on story structure and you've made it through the quiz! Using the following sentence starters, write a detailed outline of your story. State who your character(s), describe your plot, the setting, themes and finally, describe your writing style. Then, use what you've written as a launchpad for more creative writing, for a pitch, synopsis, visual treatment or 'note-to-self' for whenever you feel you've lost your way during your creative process.
Read the sentence starters carefully; use them as prompters or full templates for your story structure. Write or type your responses in detailed and full sentences, then click 'done' to move forward.
Don't forget, the handbook will be there for you whenever you need it!
In 2010, I founded Scribble Ink Story Consultancy - a social enterprise dedicated to mentoring writers throughout their creative process. Scribble Online is one of three core writing services delivered by Scribble Ink. It exists to provide writers of all ages, backgrounds and abilities with creative writing eCourses that are flexible, affordable and fun. Each nano course available is equivalent to a 1-2 hour workshop. A combination of two or more nanos enables you to submit work for AQA accreditation, or as part of an Arts Award qualification, but equally, a certificate of completion after finishing one nano is great for the resume, creative productivity and personal development! Enroll today and share the many experiences my London-based writers enjoy during live sessions.
I'm so glad you've chosen to invite me on your creative journey, and I look forward to supporting you!
Nadia Gasper, MA.
Scribble Ink: The Writers' Revelation Revolution.