Introduction

In today’s lecture, we will go through one of my infographics to help out with the Storytelling Process.

This infographic was done to allow Storytellers a reference chart so they know where to put the various pieces when they are knee-deep in the Storytelling Process.

My previous Infographic showcased how to break down the Storytelling Process into Nine Steps and this one utilizes Sixteen Steps.

NOTE: Remember, each Infographic is an Option and allows you to build better stories. Because each Story is different, this story may take 9 steps and the next one may take 16 Steps. Review the Infographics and use the information to finish your Stories.

The Phases

The 16 Step Procedure for Story Construction is color-coded and is composed of four phases (and 16 sub-phases):

  • The Blue Phase
  • The Yellow Phase
  • The Red Phase
  • The Green Phase

NOTE: In this Blog Series, I will use names for the Phases and Sub-Phases, though I will call them the same. Don’t Forget that the phases are color-coded and the sub-phases have more “specific” names. For Example, The Blue Phase is a Phase and the Inspiration Phase is a Sub-Phase, even though I call them both Phases.

1 - Blue Phase

Inspiration

The Inspiration Phase is where Storytelling begins and I’ve included the Story Concepts and Story Theorists you can research and consult for help in this area:

  • Ideas
  • Concepts
  • Pamela Jaye Smith
  • Carol S. Pearson
  • Viki King
  • Linda Seger
  • David Howard
  • Mitchell German

Intention

The Intention Phase is where you define and synthesize your Story ideas.

Below, I’ve included the Story Concepts and Story Theorists you can research and consult for help in this area:

  • Purpose
  • Morale
  • Subject Matter
  • Pamela Jaye Smith
  • William Indick
  • Stuart Voytilla
  • Chris Vogler
  • Carol S. Pearson
  • Viki King
  • David Howard

Theme

The Theme Phase is where your Stories gather moss and grow from Entertainment into Full-Blown Mythologies.

Though this is the third Stage in the Blue Phase, it is is a MAJOR STOP on your Story Journey.

Please, take your time here because this is where you find Gold, Treasure, Relics, and Magical Objects.

Below, I’ve included the Story Concepts and Story Theorists you can research and consult for help in this area:

  • The Moral Premise (A BIGGIE!!!!)
  • Stanley D. Williams
  • Lajos Egri
  • William Indick
  • Stuart Voytilla
  • Chris Vogler
  • David Howard
  • Mitchell German

Logline

The Logline Phase is the Mustard Seed and Kernel of your Story.

You should slow down here, smell the roses, and take your time.

I know you’re excited, but I promise you, your Logline will change dozens of times while you are planning, building, writing, and finishing your Story.

Below, I’ve included the Story Concepts and Story Theorists you can research and consult for help in this area:

  • Blake Snyder
  • Jeffrey Schechter
  • ScreenwritingU

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