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We’ve come to the end of the line for the meat and potatoes of The Story Grid: What Good Editors Know big textbook content. The book will be available to all of you at a special price, along with some other goodies, sometime during the week of April 27th at Black Irish Books.  I’ll make […]

So, we’ve tracked the entire scene-to-scene movement of The Silence of the Lambs in terms of its external and internal values. And we’ve identified quite a number of places within its scenes where Thomas Harris has abided by the conventions and obligatory scenes of his chosen global Story—the serial killer thriller. We’ve also tracked the […]

At long last, we come to the Ending Payoff of the novel. But Before I jump into it, I’m pleased to report that dedicated Story Grid Story Nerd Joel Canfield has created a forum for all of us to share Story Questions, Ideas etc.  I’m just one guy, so it’s fantastic that Joel is opening […]

Next comes the MIDDLE BUILD, the longest and most challenging section of a novel (about 50%) to keep the reader in suspense. You’ll not find a finer execution of a Middle Build than The Silence of the Lambs. Using our Foolscap Global Story Grid and our Story Grid Spreadsheet, I’ll do the exact same thing […]

At long last, now it’s time to combine the Macro with the Micro and create The Story Grid for The Silence of the Lambs. The first thing we need to do is to get out a big piece of graph paper. I use eleven-inch by seventeen-inch paper that is divided into .25 inch boxes, which […]

To complete the bottom three quarters of our Foolscap Global Story Grid for The Silence of the Lambs, we need to go back to our Story Grid Spreadsheet. Our goal is to pick out the five scenes from the novel that comprise the five cornerstones of Story Form—the Inciting Incident, a progressive complication, the crisis, […]