This book offers a unique approach to storytelling, connecting the Enneagram system with classic story principles of character development, plot, and story structure to provide a seven-step methodology to achieve rapid story development. Using the nine core personality styles underlying all human thought, feeling, and action, it provides the tools needed to understand and leverage the Enneagram-Story Connection for writing success.

Author Jeff Lyons starts with the basics of the Enneagram system and builds with how to discover and design the critical story structure components of any story, featuring supporting examples of the Enneagram-Story Connection in practice across film, literature and TV. Readers will learn the fundamentals of the Enneagram system and how to utilize it to create multidimensional characters, master premise line development, maintain narrative drive, and create antagonists that are perfectly designed to challenge your protagonist in a way that goes beyond surface action to reveal the dramatic core of any story.

Lyons explores the use of the Enneagram as a tool not only for character development, but for story development itself. This is the ideal text for intermediate and advanced level screenwriting and creative writing students, as well as professional screenwriters and novelists looking to get more from their writing process and story structure.

chapter |7 pages


part Part 1|72 pages

The Enneagram for Writers

chapter 1|5 pages

It’s all about Development

chapter 2|7 pages

What is the Enneagram for Writers?

chapter 3|6 pages

Enneagram System Essentials

chapter 4|16 pages

The Enneagram Model

chapter 5|7 pages

Enneagram Character Styles

chapter 6|5 pages

Character Communication Styles

chapter 7|10 pages

Character Conflict Styles

chapter 8|14 pages

Character Evolution and De-Evolution

part Part 2|114 pages

The Enneagram-Story Connection

chapter 10|10 pages

The Moral Component

chapter 11|16 pages

The Moral Enneagram

chapter 12|19 pages

The Middle: Moving the Story Forward

chapter 14|20 pages

The Structure of the Opposition

chapter 15|10 pages

Enneagram-Story Teams

chapter 16|6 pages

Enneagram-Story Team Roles

part Part 3|38 pages

The Seven-Step Rapid Story Development Process and Case Studies