Introduction

The BS9 is a powerful tool for Story Design.

Nothing more, nothing less.

Remember, your journey as an artist is to find YOUR way.

Remember, it doesn't matter if it works, the only question that matters is does it work for YOU?

If something works for you, use it.

If not, then find something that does WORK.

Let's get down with empowering you as an artist.

Welcome to the BS9!

Step 1 - Storyline

I'm not going to bias your mind by saying this is the most important part of your Story Design.

You don't want to lock yourself in by using categories and prejudice to offset the importance of each step.

Each step is important and remember, they are all steps, not linear, just steps.

If you choose to walk up the steps, have a burst of inspiration, you can walk back down the steps and return to this step.

Sometimes, shuffling around the steps will bring you insight and a new way of viewing your Story.

Step 2 - Beat Sheet

Good, got that done.

Now, let's move on to the beat sheet.

A major, there I go, let's try this again.

This is a great tool for organizing your story and like the other steps, think of this step in relation to the others, not in isolation.

Never forget about shuffling around ideas, try it and see how it works for you.

Step 3 - Sequences and Scenes

Sequencing

Wow, you made it to the sequences.

You excited yet?

A great step for organization, these four sequences take your ideas and concepts and organize them into four parts.

Scenes

From those four parts, you narrow down your ideas and concepts by creating scenes in those parts.

And before you know it, your story starts taking shape.

NOTE: You can add pressure to each sequence by adding a huge setback at the end of each one.

Step 4 - Organize Scenes

Don't think of this step as unnecessary, that's a lapse in judgment.

Using your blob of ideas and concepts, this small step induces your mind to focus on your story and find a wonderful rhythm, a magnetic melody, to orchestrate the shaping of your story.

Remember, organizing your scenes is fun and allows you to experience the story over and over again.

Step 5 - Draft

No more talking, no more thinking, no more playing around.

Take your butt, put it down somewhere, and get to writing.

Stop reading this, get to WRITING!

Step 6 - Revelations and Reveals

Revelation (Character)

Go through your First Draft and study your scenes.

Any surprises happen to your character(s)?

Any surprises that should happen to your character(s)?

Any surprises that will shake your story out of control?

After answering these questions, list these surprises and study each accordingly.

Does this surprise hinder the story?

If it hinders the story, get rid of it.

Does this surprise help the story?

If it helps, use this surprise to organize your scenes at the character level.

Reveal (Plot)

Go through your scenes and study your scenes.

Any surprises happen in the plot?

Any surprises happen in your Story World?

Any surprises happen off-screen?

Any surprises that should happen?

Any surprises that will shake your story out of control?

After answering these questions, list these surprises and study each accordingly.

Does this surprise hinder the story?

If it hinders the story, get rid of it.

Does this surprise help the story?

If it helps, use this surprise to organize your scenes at the Sequence/Scene level.

Step 7 - Scene Weave

List all of your scenes.

List all of your revelations.

List all of your reveals.

Organize your revelations from weakest to strongest.

Organize your reveals from weakest to strongest.

Weave the revelations and reveals into your scenes for maximum impact.

Step 8 - Metaphor

This step is important, sorry to stress this, but it is.

Unlike the others, it's the cumulative step, that final drive that pushes you from Earth into orbit.

Step 4, Organizing your Scenes, is the first step into taking flight.

Step 6, Revelations and Reveals, puts the magical seasoning, oh my goodness, I'm using mixed metaphors, STOP.

Let me calm down, ok, let's get back on track.

Step 6 is the FUEL for helping you blast into orbit, that make more sense?

Now asking the sexy question gives you incredible power, What is the Metaphor

When you answer this, you're now in control of your ascent into orbit.

You can control how fast, how far, and how sexy the ride will be.

With this information, you can drill down to the smallest details and extract all the metaphors in your story.

Once extracted, list all the metaphors in order and you'll recognize this symbolic language at work.

Edit your Metaphor for unified consciousness and then move on to Scene Design.

If you don't know what I mean by editing your Metaphor, see my blogs about Metaphors and the Moral Premise.

Step 9 - Scene Design

Overview

You'll experience an inner truth, the theories behind the steps will deepen your understanding of Story Design.

Suddenly, you will look at stories in a more esoteric and spiritual angle.

Look at your scenes with the revelations and reveals.

Is this the best order?

If I shuffle them around, is this order better?

Is this the best order?

List your scenes by POV Character?

Edit your scenes for increasing power and tension by each POV Character.

Strengths

The power of this approach is having a full-fledged tool for helping you achieve your goal – writing and finishing your story.

In addition to providing you with a way to track your journey, the BS9 empowers you with the right mindset and eventually, you'll start mastering Story Design and these steps will become second nature and you'll have your first breakthrough.

Weaknesses

The weakness in this design?

If it doesn't make sense to you, then you can't use it.

If it doesn't work for you, then it doesn't work for you.

Like I said before, if this doesn't work, find a method that does and use that one.

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