Well it looks like Steve made it to Jim’s workshop last month. Here’s some of what he had to say:
"During the seminar, we learned how to artistically treat metaphors so they become relevant and real. We learned how to create a story by looking at story through the eyes of the problem. And we learned that the problem is the heart of a great story’s structure.
"Along with Jim’s storywheel (a global positioning system for writers), these techniques assure that your story structure is based on the story problem.
"If a writer bases her story on an invalid structure she will probably find her story in trouble. So when she tries to fix the story, it falls apart because the story is built on a foundation of sand. A foundation that shifts with each change, creating a flaw in another room of the story."
Reading Steve’s writeup reminds me of how influential Jim’s screenwriting ideas were on BBP – I continue to highly recommend his screenwriting book.
Jim Bonnet and I have stayed in touch since last year. If his workshop sounds interesting to you and you’re thinking about attending the next one, let me know and maybe Jim & I can talk about doing some sort of storymaking session together.