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The BBT: Meet the Big Boss Troublemaker & Brain Behind All Stories

The BBT is a wholly unique sort of antagonist. This specific antagonist, the Big Boss Troublemaker, is the Baskins BRAIN of all great stories. Why? Because all great stories involve an IDEA that must be defeated.

Ideas Collide: Powerful Storms are the Center of All Great Stories

Every story begins with ideas. Alas, stories can only be created when at least two vastly different ideas collide. The place where they meet is the BOOM, much like the weather. Storms erupt because two very different bodies of air meet…and don’t get along.

Quiet: Have We Forgotten to Be Still in a World That Never Stops?

Fundamentally, the speed of our lives isn’t allowing enough interstitial time—code for REST BREAKS—for us to process all the influx. Downtime, particularly quiet time, is critical for us to make sense of all the information we’ve ‘taken in.’

Story Power: Why the Lecture? Why Can’t a Book Just Be a Book?

Story power is real! Stories bridge gaps legislation can’t. Why? Because stories allow us to empathize and understand another perspective in a way like no other. We can be another gender, race, or species!

The Synopsis: Why Love Hurts & Pain Can Be Good for Our Writing

So a big reason that writers hate writing a synopsis with the power of a thousand suns is that we believe every word we have written is precious and every character vital and necessary. But a bigger reason that many writers hate writing the synopsis (particularly for first-time novels) is it makes it painfully obvious we have no story or a terribly flawed story.