Welcome to the StoryWheel Garage. Glad you’re here!
This page is a garage, so it’s not fancy like the rest of the house. But like any good garage, it’s well-stocked with tools.
Here’s what we got:
The StoryWheel (TSW) handbook. The Mothership. It used to be possible to download this without providing an email address, but then I didn’t have a way to know who had the handbook to let them know it had been updated. This way I do, because it puts your name on my mailing list. Unsubscribing is a piece of cake. (We don’t typically eat cake in the garage, but maybe we’re having a party to celebrate the StoryWheel! It would be flourless chocolate cake, garnished with a couple of chocolate-covered espresso beans and a spoonful of real whipped cream. Or if it’s summer, carrot cake with cream cheese icing with little gratings of carrot on top. Or chopped walnuts. Mmmm.)
Me Before You on the StoryWheel. It’s easy to see the StoryWheel at work in an action story, like Star Wars or Gladiator With a more internal story, you might need to look a little closer. This takes Me Before You through every segment and jolt of the StoryWheel, and includes the calculated balance. If you’re writing a quieter story, this could be useful.
TSW Balance Calculator. Use this to figure out the balance of your story, and if that balance makes sense. It also includes the balance for Star Wars: Episode 4 and Me Before You. The balances for successful stories can be wildly different, depending on the story.
OS1—OS2—OS1.1 Info Sheet. If you want to know more about what’s going on inside the mind of the avatar—their mental Operating System (OS) as they journey around the wheel, take a look at this. It also describes the OS differences between a prescriptive story (OS1 becomes OS2) and a cautionary tale (OS1 becomes OS1.1).
Coming Soon! A poster-sized version of the StoryWheel Blank Template (the one from the last page of the handbook), so you can plot your story in a more convenient size. This will be available for purchase in the StoryWheel Zazzle store, which also has TSW merch, just for fun.
PS: A last inspirational quote. It sits on my desk because I need to be reminded. Often.
“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.”
That’s all for now. Time to go create stories!