Life is too short for bad fiction









Story Building Blocks can take you from story idea to the actual nuts and bolts of “I have the required scenes and all pull their weight.” It can help new writers figure out where to begin and offers experienced writers a new way of looking at conflict.

Good writers ask, “What if?” Great writers ask, “Why?”

Faulty logic and missing motive are plot holes that cause reader disconnect. In SBB II, we explore obstacles and responses at scene and overall story level. We find out how your characters navigate the world, who they love and hate, and why they behave and misbehave.

Good writers craft sentences. Great writers sculpt language.

Revision adds the finishing touches to the narrative you’ve created. We examine common plot holes and identify speed bumps that affect the enjoyment of the ride you take your readers on. We explore rhetorical devices and how to use them to craft expert-level cumulative sentences.

In SBB II, we met, warped, and tortured 16 characters. This workbook helps you use these mannequins to create believable characters for your story.


Selecting a story skeleton based on the central conflict

Dressing up the story skeleton

Sandwiching the Four Layers of Conflict

Developing the Four Layers of Conflict

Scene Building Responses

Scene Building Obstacles

Scene Building Worksheet

Story Building Worksheet

This statement led me on a journey to discover how to make that happen. The Story Building Blocks series is the result of my research into how the experts define good fiction. I took the collective wisdom on writing, cut it open, dissected it, extrapolated the core ideas, and present my findings. In the process, I developed a way at looking at structure that made it easy to develop scenes through conflict. The tools below are from my personal tool kit. I’m sharing them with you in the hopes that they help you as much as they helped me understand the craft of writing good fiction. There are never enough good books to feed a book addict’s habit, so I encourage you to keep writing.

Every scene should contain conflict.