RWA National – Discovering Story Magic

Posted at Mar 2, 2014 7:19 pm

Romance Writers of America was in New York this year.  The hub of publishing.  It was an awesome conference, and I was lucky enough to be invited to speak.  This year, I delivered a Reader’s Digest version of the workshop that Laura Baker and I developed, Discovering Story Magic using the movie, Good Will Hunting as a template.  Discovering Story Magic is a three-step method for creating a story they can’t refuse.  The story is created from the characters up.

Now, I’m the first to admit–and those of you who read my blog know–I plan my books.  The great thing about Discovering Story Magic (DSM) is that it can be used after-the-fact to revise and fine-tune your book. I’m not going to go into the entire workshop here.  There are packets available on the Discovering Story Magic website–100-page packets that analyze several different movies using DSM.  However, today, I thought I’d provide a chart that compares several plotting methods as well as a link to the presenatation I gave at RWA in New York (especially for those who wanted the Self-Image worksheet).



Discovering Story Magic doesn’t reinvent the wheel.  I’ve illustrated that point with the chart below.  This compares several plotting methods with Discovering Story Magic.  I hope you find it useful.


If you’d like to download the handout from Discovering Story Magic.  Just click here.  It’s a PowerPoint file.  Thanks again for checking out my writing blog.  I’d love to hear your comments if you find DSM a useful tool.

Happy Writing,


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  1. Hello. Thank you for sharing your resources. The picture of the chart is not showing up in the post. Is there another place to view it?

    Thanks, once again,


  2. Uh, oh. The PowerPoint link is not working as well. Thanks, once again.

    1. Robin Perini says:

      Sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner, Alexis-Morgan, but I did fix this presentation and image. Thanks for commenting.

  3. Zdenka says:

    Thank you so much for this post!

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