Recommended Events – Coming Soon

Recommended Events – Coming Soon

I just wanted to loop you about a few events I’m really excited about. First, my friends, Larry Brooks and Jennifer Blanchard, are running a 4-day novel development retreat in Portland, Oregon on April 3-7. The event is called Your Story On Steroids, and I believe...
R.I.P. Story & Craft, but Introducing…

R.I.P. Story & Craft, but Introducing…

Wait! Please stay subscribed because I’m not shutting down my blog! I’m just switching my domain from StoryandCraft.net to DavidVillalva.com along with updating my email address and logo. Here’s the new logo in case you’re curious what it looks...
The 1st Chapter from My Trunked Draft

The 1st Chapter from My Trunked Draft

I just trunked another 70,000+ words. Those 70K+ words represented the third draft of my current WiP tentatively titled, The Temporal Photographer. Of course, there are reasons and I’ll publish them in greater detail in a couple days. Just know for now that it...
Case Study: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Case Study: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl stays true to the Storytelling Blueprint. See below for a plot structure breakdown… Part 1 1%-26%  –  Status Quo a.k.a. Setup Amy’s disappeared & Nick’s looked at as a suspect while the characters/setting of...
Case Study: Killing Floor by Lee Child

Case Study: Killing Floor by Lee Child

Part 1 1%-26%  –  Status Quo a.k.a. Setup Reacher wants to leave Margrave, GA but must prove his innocence in a homicide investigation Part 2 27%-48%  –  Reactivity a.k.a. Caution Reacher follows clues his brother left behind, discovers key info & new...
The Unspoken Pinch Point: Your Climax

The Unspoken Pinch Point: Your Climax

I guest posted for Larry Brooks at Storyfix a couple months ago but never mentioned it here at the site. I figured I’d better do that now. So check out this link to read my take on how your Climax serves as a 3rd Pinch Point:...
I SURVIVED the Tribe Conference of 2015

I SURVIVED the Tribe Conference of 2015

I seek the least amount of human contact possible. But a week ago, I rebelled against my self-diagnosed case of agoraphobia to attend a writers’ conference. This article shall serve as my survival tale of the Tribe Conference of 2015. FIRST CONTACT I landed in...
Is the World Plotting Against You?

Is the World Plotting Against You?

Hair was never a good look for me. Photographic evidence recently surfaced when I showed my kids a high school yearbook image. My daughter giggled as my son proclaimed, “Maybe you do look better bald.” While that may be true, I still went into shock when I began...
Why Your Story Choices Come with High Stakes

Why Your Story Choices Come with High Stakes

My first story coach offered me a refund. Full or partial. Whatever I needed to feel whole. Why? My eligibility was explained in an email. Here are a few quotes: “I couldn’t tell you the main storyline.” “I can’t tell you, with confidence, what anybody in...

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