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Writers think even when they can’t be writing. It’s been an eventful sabbatical: surgery, recovery, two moves and a permanent home, at last. Writing projects took a back seat but I never stopped thinking about them. Thank you to all the loyal followers who stayed with me with tweets, comments and visits to the Facebook page. … Continue reading
The outline is the key to writing your story. I am currently working on a script with a co-writer. Since we both know the outline we can plug in scenes no matter where in the story. We are building the story scene by scene but not necessarily written in sequence. Each increment we write adds … Continue reading
When I say strong, I mean a character who grabs your attention during the story and is memorable afterwards. He or she may or may not have a strong “character.” Think of your five favorite films. Take a look at the character who leads the story. What does he do? Why do you care? Examine … Continue reading
You’ve seen them— the books, lists, articles—that enumerate plots. The betrayed lover, coming of age, the quest, the hero’s journey, etc. There’s nothing wrong with them—as tools. Any reader can tell you they can spot a “plot template.” The story plods, the turns are predictable. The reader puts down the script and picks up the … Continue reading
Structure Rules: Combining the elements of the story A time comes when you have built your character background and done as much research as feasible. It’s time to start writing the story. All of a sudden it all seems like too much. Combined, the character backgrounds are well over 100 pages. You’ve discovered the cool … Continue reading
A few days ago you finished the first draft of the latest screenplay. You put it away and now you are ready to look. The purpose of the rewrite is to clarify your vision, to solve problems and to elevate the quality of the script. Read the entire script aloud Mark bumpy places as you … Continue reading