The Shine Story Engine

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The Shine Story Development Engine is a set of cards that help new or experienced writers develop a story idea into a full, well-structured story. Whether you write novels, screenplays, interactive fiction, RPG campaigns, graphic novels, or fan fiction, Shine can help you get the idea out of your head and onto paper.

Shine is not a formula. The writing prompts and guidelines on each card represent common patterns found in stories. It’s up to you, the writer, to decide which of these patterns you want to include in your story.

Once you’ve selected the cards that will make up your tale, writing prompts on each will guide you as you write an outline or your first draft!

Shine - Set 1 - Main Story Cards - Large

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October 19, 2018