[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] Writing is not a game played by rules. -Henry Miller. [/perfectpullquote]
- 6 Key scenes to write a terrifying villain | THE WRITE PRACTICE
Without the White Witch, Aslan is just a recluse lion. Without Moriarty, Sherlock is just a know-it-all in a weird hat. Without the Joker, Batman is just a rich dude with anger issues and too much time on his hands.
- How to write accents and dialects: 6 tips | NOW NOVEL
Learn how to write accents and dialects in your stories because it will help you write about crosscurrents between people and places. Regional dialects help to convey a sense of local character speech in stories.
- How novelists can work plot twists into their stories | LIVE WRITE THRIVE
One novel may have lots of small twists that are basically complications and obstacles the protagonist encounters. But often you’ll have one or two huge twists that wrench the story, and those are terrific when done well.
- The 6 stage plot structure for successful storytelling | WRITERS WRITE
Plot Structure – illustrating Hauge’s formula for writing successful screenplays.
Rock your plot
- 5 Ways to develop your writer’s voice | JANE FRIEDMAN
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- Breaking & Entering: This is an article about writing dialogue | SCRIPT MAG
No matter what the genre, bad dialogue flattens the story by undermining the tone. Visceral moments built around dull dialogue, whether they are shocking scares, heart-racing action sequences, thigh-slapping comic moments, or tear-inducing dramas, are akin to a slammed oven door on a rising soufflé. Deflated and disappointing.
- The backing up technique for creative problem-solving | SCRIPT MAG
How do you describe a productive day of work on a creative project? “I made a lot of progress. I got somewhere today. I moved things forward.”
- Werner Herzog calls three-act structure ‘brainless’. Is it? | GO INTO THE STORY
Werner Herzog is teaching an online filmmaking class and in this promotional video gives his take on three-act structure.
- Story stakes and the power of why | SAVE THE CAT
What are story stakes? Most definitions fall somewhere along the lines of “the negative consequence that will happen if a character fails to achieve his or her goal.”
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- Screenplay: The foundations of screenwriting
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- The eight characters of comedy
- Book cover redesign as marketing tool | JANE FRIEDMAN
Authors may spend a fortune on book editing, but leave very little for the cover design—thus forgetting that the cover is the reader’s first impression of the book.
How to self publish- Keep it simple | JUST PUBLISHING ADVICE
Scams, algorithms, clickbait, paid reviews, buying followers and all manner of complicated means rarely result in self-publishing success.
5 Common mistakes that even longtime bloggers make | JANE FRIEDMAN
Given the time and energy that’s involved in meaningful blogging, it’s an important question. Here are five things that I often discover when I evaluate authors’ blogging efforts.
Let’s talk about book reviewers, for a change | JUST PUBLISHING ADVICE
All authors get book reviews and should quietly learn to accept the good with the bad
What’s your post-launch book-marketing plan? (You have one, right?) | THE WRITE LIFE
So let’s take a look at how my novel is doing. Then, we’ll look at what efforts I have put into getting those sales.