Ever been faced with a friend who says, “What are you working on?” and suddenly, you’re completely tongue tied? You realize you have no idea how to describe your project?
There’s no feeling quite like the moment you realized you’ve completely finished the rough draft of a work in progress. A mix of pride and accomplishment and utter dread at how bad it might be.
Conflict isn’t nice, but it’s inevitably interesting. And yet writers sometimes create scenes in which there is no interpersonal conflict between their characters. This is the third step in my dialogue series, How To Write Fabulous Dialogue In 5 Easy Steps.
When you’re writing a character, it’s important to know why she is the way she is. Knowing her backstory is important to achieving this end, and one of the most impactful pieces of a character’s backstory is her emotional wound.
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In screenwriting and TV writing, conflict is always being brought up as an essential. It helps to look at scenes and ask where and what the conflict in the scene might be.
Rewriting does not stop. There is always something that can be changed. There is always something that can be added. But what we’re really doing with rewriting is we’re trying to “whittle it down,” just like Charlie Kaufman’s character does in Adaptation.
The goal is to instruct, and hopefully advance, your own journey by not making the same damn mistakes I have in my own convoluted journey to leave some sort of artistic legacy behind.
The headline of this column may have some thinking Paris runways and dour faced, statuesque models traipsing in haute couture. Alas, trade dress isn’t quite as alluring, but, can be nearly as fascinating a study.
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Setting yourself up for success with audio will rely heavily on you, which is scary, I know. Don’t worry—we’ll get through this. If you can get your ducks lined up properly now, you’ll find it flows later on.
I used Kickstarter on my first non-fiction book. I very barely succeeded raising less than $1000. Here is how it works: you basically promise a copy of the book and any extras.
Because there was a problem with how you got your reviews.
Ranking books on Amazon is a bit of a mystery to some of us. Today, Dave Chesson explains how to get your book to rank higher. I think you’ll find this interesting and helpful.
A long time ago, I wrote a children’s manuscript called Peculiar Plants. It was all about weird little shrubberies that did things that other plants don’t do.