Do you ever look at story structure models and think, “Wow, this is boring,” or, “This template is a breeding ground for cliches.” Or, “Really, in the climax she has to face ‘death’ one more time and overcome it?”
Often writers are told to work on the hook of their story, making readers interested in the characters and setting within the first page or two. And while that’s important (and extremely daunting), it’s equally important to keep the reader reading all the way until THE END.
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When I work with anyone developing a half-hour pilot, I always recommend Scott Sedita’s book The Eight Characters of Comedy. Written primarily for actors (Sedita is an acting coach in Los Angeles), it can also greatly help writers. It presents eight archetypes found in virtually every comedy series (or comedy feature, for that matter).
The hardest part of building a career as a screenwriter is breaking in. As the major studios continue to reduce the number of theatrical films they produce each year (and base more and more of them on comic books) the difficulty of breaking into theatrical feature films has never been more difficult. But as the number of broadcast, cable and online TV networks continues to increase, the need for original television movies has never been greater.
The more I study Carl Jung, the more I discover his ideas about psychology have a direct relevance to screenwriting (specifically) and stories (generally).
Believing in a project and pursuing it versus when you should let go of an idea that you have for a project, or indeed walk away from an idea or a project that isn’t working…
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While Facebook and Twitter are must have social media platforms for self publishing authors, many forget about taking the extra step of having a website and blog. They are absolutely essential for so many reasons.
Whether you’re a writer, a designer, or a journalist, you’ve probably considered your personal brand.
While fiction and particularly romance seem to dominate self publishing, non-fiction has a number of advantages when it comes to making money from your writing. The biggest is that non-fiction offers enormous potential for online discoverability.
Whether you’re completely new to the publishing process or an old pro, it can be helpful to have a to-do list to guide your self-publishing project to completion, to ensure you don’t miss any important steps, and also to help you plan well enough to hit your target pub date.
However, the common mistakes new self-published authors often make, can make success even more difficult. Avoiding the following classic mistakes will give you a far better chance of success.