Once upon a time, I wrote a story.
It started off as a great sort of idea, (schizophrenic vampires) but then it kind of tanked at the end. I thought I could fix it by rewriting it with a better sort of idea, (Sumerian Goddesses).
It’s probably not hard to imagine that I ended up with two completely different stories on my hands and sadly they both needed help.
Help arrived. And it wasn’t in the form of better idea number 3 and another rewrite. No, it was in the form of a major intervention, a chance meeting with Larry Brooks, Author of Story Engineering and story fixer extraordinaire. The chance meeting and the book introduced a set of instructions on how to fix my story.
: to make (something) whole or able to work properly again : to repair (something)
: to deal with or correct (a problem)
You see, my story had a lot of problems, it wasn’t working properly, it needed some rather major repairs. It didn’t take me that long to spot all of my stories problems once I knew what I was looking for. And it took even less time to start correcting those problems.
The best part about fixing my story was joining my two drafts back together and making them whole again. I now have a schizophrenic Sumerian Vampire Goddess that has to fight the Elder Sumerian Gods for the fate of every human that has ever lived. And that folks isn’t just a good idea, that’s a killer concept. That’s a major story fix.