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Steven Pressfield’s Foolscap Method Template


Fig.1 Fig.1. Steven Pressfield’s ‘Foolscap Method’ to write a novel

Once more I am loving the Open University’s free online course ‘Start Writing Fiction’ on FutureLearn: it only started this week so there is plenty of time to join now. This free online course is all about character, so us novice fiction writers struggle with thoughts on plot. I love this from author Steven Pressfield: ‘The Foolscap Method’ is for me the ‘Creative Brief’ by another name, or even Churchill’s dictum of being given reports on a single sheet of paper. By setting parameters and being succinct you are forced to get to the kernel of an idea. When constructing a story then, say a novel, answer the following. I find I return to and refine this often and eventually have it on the wall to stop me wandering off … those ideas and stories can be kept for another project.

Fig.2 Close up on Steven Pressfield’s ‘Foolscap Method’ used to write his first novel 

Steven Pressfield’s Foolscap Method : From his blog.

A bit more on the Foolscap Method from his blog. The Foolscap Method – Video 1

The transcript The Foolscap Method – Video 2

 THE FOOLSCAP METHOD

Beginning

Middle

End

Story telling device

Theme

Inciting Incident

Climax


Looks easy? Then add 70,000 coherent, clear, exciting words!!!

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2 Comments

  1. I’m loving this course, too, Jonathan. Reblogging this post, if that’s okay with you, as you explained it so well. Thanks.

  2. Reblogged this on The Writers' Workshop Blog and commented:
    Here is an example of what you can learn on this free online course. Thanks for such a helpful post, Jonathan.

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