CONTENTS

Cover
Title Page
Copyright
Dedication
Introduction
PART I. WHAT A STORY IS, AND WHAT IT ISN’T
1    Story: The Brain’s Decoder Ring
2    Myths Galore: Everything We Were Taught About Writing Is Wrong
PART II. CREATING THE INSIDE STORY
3    The What If? Expectation, Broken!
4    The Who: Whose Life Will You Utterly Upend?
5    The Why: Why, Exactly, Does Your Protagonist Care?
6    The Worldview: Your Protagonist’s, That Is
7    What Next? The Beauty of Cause and Effect
8    The When: An Offer Your Protagonist Can’t Refuse (But Probably Wants To)
PART III. CREATING AN EXTERNAL GAUNTLET TO SPUR YOUR PROTAGONIST’S INTERNAL STRUGGLE
9    The Opening: Of Your Novel and of the Story Genius Blueprinting System
10  The Real “Aha!” Moment: Where Will Your Story End?
11  Building Your Blueprint: How to Keep Track of All the Moving Parts
12  Going Back to Move Forward: How to Harvest the Past to Set Up the Plot
13  Story Logic: Making Sure Each “What” Has a “Why”
14  The Secret to Layering: Subplots, Storylines, and Secondary Characters
15  Writing Forward: Stories Grow in Spirals
Acknowledgments
Endnotes
About the Author