Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Jason Arnopp's Bloggery Pokery

A new addition to the list of Guild Member's blogs - Jason Arnopp's Bloggery Pokery. Not a new blog, but a new member.

Always a good read - see this account of Tony Jordan's advice at the recent Red Planet Workshop.
Don't get sucked in by the idea of craft, and the industry which poses as gatekeeper to some Great Big Secret Of Successful Writing. Tony's never pretended to be Robert McKee's greatest advocate. He illustrated just how simple storytelling is, by putting two tea cups a fair distance apart on the table, representing Your Character and Their Dramatic Goal. He then put a few random objects between them - including a cafetiere and a sugar bowl, fact fans - representing Obstacles. He picked up the first Obstacle and allowed, "You can call this the Inciting Incident, if it makes you feel happy and all warm inside!". Whatever works. But in a nutshell, that line-up of objects encapsulated Storytelling: The Tony Jordan Method. Wouldn't make much of a book, or even fill out a pamphlet, but it's all you need.
(If you're a Guild member and your blog isn't listed below, right, post a comment with the details)


  1. My blog (shared with illustrator/animator brother Greg) is at

  2. Thank Myles, it's added. Along with Richard Conlon's blog. I'll round all the new ones up in a blog post soon.

  3. Thanks for the plug, Tom! And hello to my lovely new Guild friends.

  4. me please :


  5. And Me?



  6. God bless the alphabetical nature of the list of blog-links to the right. Just hope a blogger called Alan Aardvark doesn't pop up.

  7. All those blogs now added, right.

    (Apart from Alan Aardvark's)


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