Saturday, 3 October 2015

Dan Wells on 7-point structure

The workshops at the Writing Excuses Retreat were all fascinating and educational, but there was one that truly came across like drinking from a firehose: Dan Wells’ talk on “Deconstructing Story Structure.” In it he talked about the Hollywood Formula, and the Seven-Point Story Structure. The former was harder to get my head around, so it may take a while for me to figure out what to say about it. This is a brief summary of the latter, including links to resources I found on the Web.

Thursday, 1 October 2015


The Writing Excuses retreat had four days on which we could get off the ship for a variety of different outings -- usually a choice of 2-3 per stop.  I skipped the cruise company's private peninsula in Haiti, and Grand Cayman, both of which were basically beach-and-diving-and-souvenirs locations. I did get off the ship at Falmouth, Jamaica, and Cozumel, Mexico: