How to Build a Story (Now on Video!)

Dear everyone: you can stop bugging me now.

The Story Structure presentation I gave at LTUE last week was a huge hit, and people have been asking for the powerpoint file ever since. At long last, here it is! And that’s great, but thanks to my awesome friend Stephen Nelson, I’m excited to be able to offer something even better: the complete presentation on video. We’re using youtube to host it, so it’s in five pieces, but he did a really great job of putting them together and I’m really pleased with the way it turned out. He even went so far as to cut in the powerpoint slides here and there throughout the presentation, which is awesome, but I suspect you’ll want to have the video open in one window and the powerpoint open in another to really get a good look at everything.

Watching this presentation, you will learn a number of very important things:
1) I am losing a lot of hair.
2) I apparently have my hand in my pocket ALL THE TIME.
3) Story Structure is easy and awesome.
That last point is probably the more important of the three.

Stephen also recorded and edited and posted another presentation from LTUE, called “How to Write a Story that Rocks.” This was a two-hour class taught by John Brown and Larry Correia, and if you’ve read their books you know that they’re both five-star experts on stories that rock. If you like my presentation, give theirs a shot.

The Story Structure Powerpoint

The Story Structure Presentation Video

14 Responses to “How to Build a Story (Now on Video!)”

  1. Raethe says:

    So that’s what everyone at TWG is going on about! Cool.

    Thanks for posting that stuff. I look forward to attending LTUE vicariously through Youtube.

  2. T.J. says:

    This presentation gave me a good way to keep myself in check to make sure my storyline is working for me. The try/fail cycle has made me think about my story. Well, it made me think. Awesome job, can’t wait to read “I Am Not a Serial Killer”

  3. Stephen says:

    It’s always jarring to see and hear yourself on video. I am repeatedly surprised by how bald I am. I don’t look that bald in the mirror.

  4. Mike - New Hampshire says:

    This was a fantastic Presentation. Interesting, funny and informative.

  5. Darin Calhoun says:

    That was awesome Dan thanks for posting this, and also for linking to John and Larry’s video.

  6. Sam says:

    Awesome. I’ve used your advice myself and it seems like this answers some of the biggest questions I get from friends who want to know how to outline. I ripped the mp3s from the youtube videos if you don’t mind too much; this panel serves as very useful in audio format.

  7. Hey–I bought the U.K. edition of IANASK from you last year at LDSS. My 16-year-old son and I both loved it. I’ve plugged it a couple of times, most notably on John Scalzi’s Whatever.

    Stephen Nelson and I are in the same writing group. He let me know about your presentation at LTUE, and I just watched the whole thing on YouTube. Fantastic. Thanks so much.

  8. Liz Adams says:

    I found your presentation really helpful. I have now started listing all my plots/subplots and figuring out the 7 point system for each of them.

    I would love to see more examples of how the plots and subplots intertwine, like you did for the Matrix. Maybe future blog posts?

    By the way, just read Serial Killer and thought it was great. Mr Monster is already on its way – can’t wait!

  9. Thank you for this–it’s just what I needed.

  10. I watched the presentation and took notes. Awesome stuff. It helped me figure out what was wrong with my novel. I have moved things around now, and it will be a much better book. Thank you so much for making this available. By the way, you have the best name ever.

  11. Robin says:

    Came across your videos– great stuff, Thanks!

  12. K says:

    I needed this because I am writting my own book series that is so long and by the first lesson I knew I needed to know more so I watched the rest of them and I firngered to really knock the seven steps into nothing. By your Dan Wells I went deepper in to the seven steps that you would not believe. My series will be one of the longest book series out there with 1,334 pages in each book.

  13. Thanks for this, Dan! Awesome presentation! I really enjoy you on Writing Excuses, and I finally got a copy of your book, I Am Not a Serial Killer. I’m really looking forward to reading it. Thanks again for all the great info you give!

  14. Opal says:

    Looking forward to reading your book. Enjoyed your videos and starting my own writing adventure thanks to you. Good luck in your future endeavors. Bald is beautiful, by the way, you’re a charming and handsome fella regardless. 😉

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