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The Secrets of Story by Matt Bird

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Part III

Getting from Good to “Good Lord, This is Amazing!”

So now we have an exhaustive (and, yes, exhausting) list of 122 questions in seven categories. This list will help you diagnose whatever problems you may have with your story or pitch, and suggest solutions.

Take the time now to download the list from SecretsofStory.com. We’ve put it there in a format that will allow you to fill in an answer to each question and check a box yes or no.

Let me once again clarify: Every story is unique and no story that I’ve evaluated has answered yes to all 122 questions, nor should it. I evaluated dozens of great movies using the checklist, and they’ve gotten a wide variety of scores. The highest score was for Star Wars, which isn’t surprising, because ...

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