New feature- a selected book with notes and critique

Thank-you faithful readers and those who want to see their craft with new eyes, which are supported by research. We are now going to read and analyze approximately one book every 6 weeks. The book will be announced and then about 4 weeks later the analysis will be posted and talk back will begin. Talk back will be closed on each book when the next selection is announced so add you comments quickly so others can comment and each can learn from others.

The first book is
Those who love
by Irving Stone

The books will be chosen by the examples to be taken from them not because of subject or content. There will also be a limited number of unpublished scripts accepted for analysis.

If you want to form a local group to read the selected book and discuss it ahead of time let me know and I will send you the book selection before it is posted on line to give you a head start. Include an email and name to send the information to.

Thanks, BW

Character roles defined

New Vocabulary

To show you how the field of analysis is growing and changing let us talk about the main characters needed for a story to be well done.  Note the new and expanded language used to better define the roles.

Primary Actor (PA) This is the character the story is about and who moves the action along by his choices and decisions.

Central Viewpoint Character (CVC) The audience sees the story through this characters eyes.

Initial Equilibrium Disrupter (IED) This is the beginning of the action, where something happens to cause the world of the story to change. If this does not take place there would not be a story.

System and System Characters The system is the world & the culture where the story takes place, usually different in time and place from ours. It describes what is normal for this system before the IED happens.

Primary Norm Breaker (PNB) This is the character that fights against the system.

Primary Noise and Chaos Creator (PN&CC) This generally is the one, or group who cause chaos and interest, who fights against the Primary Norm Breaker (PNB)

Hero There are six different types of heroes.

The six different hero types are:

The Traditional Hero (H) is the person who saves the day and lives.

The Tragic Hero (TH) is the person who saves the day and dies in the effort.

The Comic Hero (CH) is the person who in a comedy saves the day and a comic hero never dies.

The Rogue Hero (RH) is the person who goes against society, who playfully and cleverly beats our system and he accomplishes his goals, and yet we find we are rooting for him even if we would never approve of ourselves doing those actions.

The Anti Hero (AH) is the person who is evil who gets his way and wins even to the destruction of all around him.

The No Hero (NH)  this is where no one wins.

This is a very simple outline of the needed characters and the form they need to take inside your story to make it accepted by your intended audience.




Our certified Farmer Storycone One day training course training is taught by popular lecturer Billie Telford.

This certification training course  teaches the basic method of  Storycone analysis and why it is causing a revolution in the teaching and analysis of any story based text. It then ends with a question and answer period/test period and certification.

During the event the participants will learn:

  • the basis for and the factual evidence which produced this revolutionary way to pull apart stories
  • to analyze texts for the elements which produce the best and most audience accepted works for any age or developmental level
  • hands-on directed analysis of known works, the history and basis for the Empirically Based Storycone Analysis

practical workshops for use in:

  • in classrooms
  •  directing/acting in plays
  • writing
  • story analysis
  • Library acquisition


Following the  successful completion of the course you will be qualified and prepared for the Script and text analysis  certification test. This multiple choice test is required to be a licensed Script and text analyst.

for information on availability of seminar dates and costs text 1(801)822-8703 or email

Quality Critiques=Quality Writing

Unpublished manuscripts and rejection slips piling up?   Need help with character dynamics, role functions, plot patterns, kind of work or power dynamics? Want to understand and build in quality perception and hit your intended audience? Want to get published? We can help.

The hardest part of creative writing is getting a helpful and honest critique that gives you real, useable, empirically based feedback. Your family love you but aren’t trained and don’t have access to the research and data you need.

A world crying out for Great Children’s works

The need for works of quality for young children

Since the end of World War II our society has become more and more youth oriented. As the baby boomers were born and parents were not content with the few well-written children’s plays or books, the cry was heard for more and better juvenile literature. Quality children’s plays, books, and movies are in great demand. This need has not been filled although progress has been made.

If you are interested in writing stories for children let us help you fill a need for tightly written works capable of being accepted by your target audience.

Writing for this audience has special criteria and needs. Our characterization analysis will aid by telling you what roles your characters fill and which are not filled but need to be for the audience to accept your story. We will also tell you if your plot pattern will be accepted and suggest solutions if needed.


Plot pattern- what supports the beauty of your writing

The importance of understanding plot pattern

Plot has to be more than the story you have in your head. Plot dictates the audience most likely to enjoy and appreciate your work. This translates into sales and acceptance and good reviews.

Plot patterns are the way your story is laid out. It is the twists and turns, the flashbacks, the simple-ness or complexity of the telling.

Certain types of plot patterns appeal to certain types of audiences and mental developmental ages. You must know who your target audience is and then how to reach them.

If you structure your plot correctly along with correct characterization aligned correctly on the power axis you can create winning stories over and over.

Our research has shown the patterns that all great works hold within, that which makes them timeless and beloved classics. Do you have a classic waiting? Let us aid your story telling ability by teaching you the framework, the bones, to hang your epic tale on.

Submit your work after your first draft and we will return a written analysis telling you the   plot pattern as it stands and any suggestions to strengthen it as will as basic characterization and suggestions. You will also be entitled to a phone call for clarity and instruction as well as unlimited emails.


Characterization- vital to successful writing

The importance of character analysis

All good writing hangs on believability: the willingness of your audience to follow you into the world of your story and stay in it with you.

This methodology allows us to help you develop your characters so they carry the plot as you intend with out throwing your audience out of your story, there by losing their trust in your characters.

Our character analysis strengthens your writing and creativity.

It tells the quality of the work

It tells what audience reaction to expect

It tells who the work will most appeal to

It shows characters, which need to be strengthened or eliminated

It shows the power axis; who holds what power, its strength, and its use

It shows the plot pattern, which identifies the genre and type of hero needed

Contact us today and get the ‘new eyes’ you need to produce your best work.