Story Design: Decline-and-Fall Stories

Add more empathy and suspense to your story of tragic descent! Story Design Volume 20 – In a decline-and-fall story, the protagonist starts out in a high position, possessed of fortune and glory, having everything they could ever desire. This could be literal or metaphorical; they might have moral or ethical riches rather than money and…

Story Design: Revelation Stories

Add more action and conflict to your story of discovery! Story Design Volume 17 – In a revelation plot something is discovered that has serious implications for the protagonist. It may mean also have a serious impact on a supporting character, or the world. The actual discover could be something good or something bad, but it…

Story Design: Sacrifice Stories

Add more drama and pathos to your story of selfless heroism! Story Design Volume 16 – A sacrifice story finds the protagonist pursuing some noble cause or higher purpose. In order to accomplish their objective, they will need to give up something of great personal value. This might be other goals, a close relationship, or even…

Story Design: Taboo Stories

Add more intrigue and danger to your forbidden love story! Story Design Volume 15 – In a taboo plot, the protagonist becomes involved in a forbidden romance. From the start everyone knows that the affair will fail because social forces don’t approve of the pairing; what makes the relationship unacceptable will vary with the genre, place,…

Story Design: Romance Stories

Add more conflict and characterization to your love story! Story Design Volume 14 – A romance plot features the protagonist falling in love with a supporting character or even a co-protagonist. The antagonist doesn’t want this to happen, and conspires to keep the lover apart. There is often some misunderstanding or miscommunication that creates a rift…

Story Design: Change Stories

Add more inner conflict, fear of change, and wonder of discovery to your transformation adventures! Story Design Volume 12 – In a change story something upsets the protagonist’s life in a significant way. The character then has to adapt and come to terms with that change. It can be something normal yet tragic, like the death…

Story Design: Curse Stories

Add a sense of alienation to your metamorphosis stories and adventures. Story Design Volume 11 – In a curse story the antagonist feels that the protagonist has done something wrong. Maybe they have, and the antagonist’s actions are justified; maybe they haven’t, and the antagonist’s wrath is misplaced or unfair. As a result of the antagonist’s…

Genre Structure Vol. 3: Fantasy

Add more wonder and enchantment to your fantasy adventures! Fantasy Stories (Genre Structure Vol. 3) helps you to develop and tell spellbinding tales of magic and imagination. It is an essential sourcebook for creating fiction and tabletop adventures. Written for writers and roleplayers, with clear step-by-step instructions, you can: Determine which fantasy genre elements you wish…