Sex Magick: 5 Key Turning Points from Michael Hague

After doing the work of establishing a premise line based on Jeff Lyons’ work, I realized the next step was to put together a story outline. The framework I most resonate with is the five key turning points structure constructed by Michael Hague of Here is my take on the five-turning points-/six-stage structure as applied to Sex Magick. Continue reading


Taming the Beast: Story Outlining and Five Commandments from Shawn Coyne of the Story Grid

Feeling overwhelmed by how to tackle a project as big as even a novella, I was encouraged when I listened to a three part series on story outlining by Shawn Coyne of Story Grid. [I heartily recommend signing up for his invaluable email list.] In three short lessons, totaling no more than thirty minutes, he managed to make 50,000 words seem like a doable task—even in a month of 30 days. He does this by breaking things down into three levels of chunks: larger chunks (acts), smaller chunks (scenes) and even smaller chunks (beats). Continue reading

Sex Magick: constructing a short synopsis à la Jeff Lyons

The next step I want to take with Sex Magick before I start slinging words around again is constructing a short synopsis according to the methods outlined by Jeff Lyons in his book Anatomy of a Premise Line (which I have been using to resurrect the Sex Magick project when it stalled). Lyons suggests that “the synopsis should be an expanded version of your premise line, including each clause of the Anatomy of a Premise Line Template™ with each clause broken out into more detailed beats.” I can do that. And so I will.  Continue reading

Sex Magick: from idea to premise line, Part 2 of 2

In Part 1 of this series, I identified the moral blind spot and immoral effect connected to the character of Raphael, the protagonist of Sex Magick. I also came up with some interesting backstory explaining how Raphael acquired his moral blind spot. I’m going to skip talking about the dynamic moral tension and go right to the seven components of the Invisible Structure. Continue reading

Sex Magick: from idea to premise line, part 1 of 2

Over the years I’ve wanted to write a story about an escort with the power to heal through sexuality and his falling in love. That is the core idea of Sex Magick. The story has been with me for years in various forms and I’ve done extensive research for it in the areas of sex magick (some practitioners of Wicca make a distinction between the “magic” of illusion and the “magick” of spellcraft) and Tantra and bodywork and various esoteric systems of energy and mind-body alignment. Continue reading