Friday, February 4, 2011

Storyboarding--Using the W Storyboard Structure to Chart Stronger Conflict in Your Book

With the help of one of my students and the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, I created the video below.  Watch it to learn how to use the W storyboard structure to create a strong emotional arc in your book, via stronger conflict.


Interested in learning more?  I'll be teaching storyboarding in two-day workshops this spring:

Saturday/Sunday, April 9-10, at Southern New Hampshire University, sponsored by NH Writers' Project.  For more details visit

Friday/Saturday, May 6-7, at the Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, or call 612-379-8999 for details.


  1. I look forward to your book coming out, and your classes always sound so appealing! Thanks so much for the video (for us too far to access you in person) :-)

  2. Thanks, Charmaine! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

  3. Thanks, Mary ! Cette technique est vraiment géniale ! I will try it ! Merci encore ! :-)

  4. It's always nice to have various tools to help craft our stories. Storyboarding looks very effective.

  5. Great information about outlining/planning/mapping,Mary. I'm passing this link all over the place to authors, students, and aspiring writers.

    Looking forward to your new writing book,
    :-) Lori

  6. Thanks, Lori, as always! Nice to hear your voice here!

  7. Mary,

    You present this concept in a nice, straightforward manner in your video. You make it sound so simple.

    I started out as a pantser, but after straying into the weeds, I've adopted some plotter ways. So I understand the internal battles that you mention.

    I'm using the three act structure for my novel; but I've never attempted a storyboard. Now I will!


  8. Thanks so much, newbie! Glad it was helpful.

  9. Discovered this yesterday on Twitter. Using it today! Many thanks.