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Joel Kelly's updates about his latest writing, his process, and his life as a Halifax-based author and marketer.

Writing can make you look/feel like an insane person

To give myself a place from which to start "No Greater Love Than ThisI used Dan Harmon's "Story Circle" process.

It's an effective and super simple way of blocking out the basics of a narrative.

The problem is with a story like mine, which has more than a dozen individual sections. Each one tells its own minor story, and so you quickly start to feel and look quite insane:

Sticky chart paper thingies are super helpful too!

Sticky chart paper thingies are super helpful too!

In the end, I didn't end up using much of the structure I'd developed here, but it was still useful. It gave me a place to start, a place to identify moments of real significance versus ones that would just be easy or fun to write.

I recommend trying out the story circle concept if you ever get stuck on a piece, or just need a place to kick things off.

Love you,