Yesterday I again roamed barefoot through Jeff Vandermeer’s Wonderbook for inspiration. Today I watched Dan Wells’ on Story Structure again (YouTube playlist embedded below) and compared my rough outline to his points and comments. (It’s becoming an annual pre-NaNo ritual.) If you’re doing NaNoWriMo this year and trying to wrangle your ideas into some sort of order before the madness begins, this is a good little overview of story structure. It’s one talk, given at a writers symposium, divided into 5 entertaining ten minute videos. (The intro material is horribly out of date: Dan Wells is probably best known for his Partials young adult series, not to mention The Writing Excuses podcast.) There’s a tiny menu button on the upper left that allows you to play the individual videos if you don’t have time to Play All at one sitting.