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The Eight Crafts of Writing: The Map of Storytelling

The Eight Crafts of Writing course provides a structured overview of the writing craft(s), the map of storytelling.
Instructor:
Stefan Emunds
960 students enrolled
English
The eight writing crafts: Big Idea, Genre, Narrative, Story Outline, Characterization, World Building, Scene & Chapter Structure, and Prose
How to engagers readers with the eight writing crafts
A fresh definition of story that keeps your writing on track
How to use the psychology of storytelling to write immersive stories
The adversity cycle and how to use it to streamline your story outline
How to author stories before writing them
How to differentiate between protagonistic and antagonistic genres, story outlines, and scenes and why that matters
How to deal with the shapeshifting writer’s block

Jane is an aspiring writer, who, like everyone else before her, parachutes straight into the writing jungle. And, like everybody else, she find herself hung up on a tree with her parachute. The tree is the writing skill How to Write in Limited POV. She looks around and notices a hundred more trees from which other aspiring writers are dangling. She cuts the parachute lines, drops to the ground, makes a somersault forward, and jumps to her feet. Around her, writers of all ages are cutting paths through the jungle. Jane can see just ten meters into the thicket. She is desperate for a map and a navigation system.

“Help,” she calls.

Well-meant answers arrive from all directions. ”Create an interesting character and give her a great goal.”

“Write what you want to read.”

“Create a sense of wonder.”

“The more conflict, the better.”

“Don’t write to get published, grab the reader.”

“Be captivating. Or memorable.”

“Keep the reader turning pages.”

“Be unpredictable and keep the reader curious.”

Five years later, Jane is still cutting her way through the writing wilderness. She has hugged countless writing skill trees, sun-tanned at the romance beach, ascended the suspense mountain, and hiked the Hero’s Journey track. But the storytelling jungle remains unchartered land. What else is out there? She still hopes for a map and navigation system.

Introduction to The Eight Crafts of Writing

1
Course Intro
2
The Writing Jungle
3
A Fresh Definition of Story
4
The Difference Between Art and Craft
5
The Storytelling Map
6
Reader Investment and Engagement

The Psychology of Storytelling

1
A Comparison of Life and Stories
2
Janus, The God With Two Faces
3
The Way We Respond to Life and Stories
4
The Eight Crafts Story Psychology

Big Idea

1
Big Idea Basics
2
Big Idea Types
3
The Story Promise

Narrative

1
Narrative Basics
2
Narrative Styles and Genres
3
The Author's Voice
4
The Narrative Frame
5
The Technicalities of Point of View
6
Narrative Information Management
7
Narrative Tone and Mood
8
The Difference Between Exposition and Backstory
9
Non-linear and Parallel Narratives

Genre

1
Genre Basics
2
Genre Proper
3
The Emotional Experiences and Stakes of Genres
4
External Genres and Their Stakes
5
Internal Genres and Their Stakes
6
How to Find New Genres
7
Genre Conventions
8
The Difference Between Genres and Amazon Categories

Story Outline

1
Story Outline Basics
2
Why Stories Can’t Have Enough Adversity
3
The Adversity Cycle: How we Deal with Adversity in Real Life
4
The Story Cycle: The Origin of Story Outline
5
The Benefits of the Adversity and Story Cycle
6
The Story Engine
7
Nanomine - A Story Engine Experiment
8
The Four Act Structure
9
Stake Thresholds and How to Raise Stakes
10
The Eight Crafts Scene Outline of Act 1
11
The Eight Crafts Scene Outline of Act 2
12
The Eight Crafts Midpoint Scene Outline
13
The Eight Crafts Scene Outline of Act 3
14
The Eight Crafts Scene Outline of Act 4
15
How to Add Genre Conventions to Your Scene Outline
16
Scene Types and Nests and How to Use Them
17
Motivations, Wants, Goals, Needs, and Objects of Desire
18
The Internal Story Engine
19
The Psychology of Story Outline
20
Story Outline Archetypes
21
Plots and How to Use Them
22
How to Align Your Internal and External Plots
23
Better Story Graphs

Characterization

1
Characterization Basics
2
The Difference Between Sympathy and Empathy
3
How to Weave Empathy
4
How to Weave Sympathy
5
The Protagonist, Sympathy, and Heroism
6
The Antagonist, Antipathy, and Villainy
7
How to Design Character Arcs
8
An Overview of Story Character Types
9
How to Use Story Character Templates
10
The Big Five Story Character Templates
11
The Twenty-Two Story Character Templates
12
How to Profile Story Characters
13
How to Design Character Conflict
14
How to Show, Hint at, And Reveal Character
15
How to Manage Backstory

World Building

1
World Building Basics
2
World Context
3
The World Power System
4
World Setting
5
World Context, Story Outline, & Characterization
6
World Moods
7
How to Manage Exposition

Scene & Chapter Structure

1
Scene & Chapter Structure Basics
2
Scene Elements
3
Scene Building Blocks
4
The Three Principle Scene Arcs
5
Scene Types and Templates
6
How to Structure Chapters
7
Connecting Scenes: The Scene Train Technique

Prose

1
Prose Basics
2
Vocabulary, Choice of Words, and Diction
3
How to Come Up With Fresh Expressions
4
How to Manage Pace and Rhythm
5
How to Use Poetic Devices in Fiction
6
How to Highlight Important Words
7
The Narrative Scene Building Block
8
The Description Scene Building Block
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