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How Breaking Bad broke free of the clockwork-universe problem

How Breaking Bad broke free of the clockwork-universe problem | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
It involves Shakespeare.
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I love this show.   This analsys, hits the nail squarely on the head.

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Cormac McCarthy’s Surprisingly Emotional First Drafts

Cormac McCarthy’s Surprisingly Emotional First Drafts | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
Bloodless dawn. The old cowboy sets out across the sharp-footed malpías toward the volcanic cone.
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Insight to the process of a writer's writer.

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The Science of Storytelling, by Leo Widrich

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For over 27,000 years, since the first cave paintings were discovered, telling stories has been one of our most fundamental communication methods.
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A really nice piece, focusing on the way the brain responds to "story" as opposed to "information."

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The Protagonist: How to Center Your Story

The Protagonist: How to Center Your Story | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
In a traditional story, the protagonist has several very specific requirements, and if your protagonist doesn't meet those requirements, your story will break down.
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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, May 17, 2013 12:00 AM

Useful advice on how to create a strong protagonist for your story. 

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Red Flags: Shortcuts That Agents & Editors Will Use To Reject Your Writing - Writer's Relief, Inc.

Red Flags: Shortcuts That Agents & Editors Will Use To Reject Your Writing - Writer's Relief, Inc. | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
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A nice piece specifically for my novelist friends...but, some of this is just plain common sense for any writer of any genre or form. 

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Creating The Ultimate Transmedia Story Experiences: 3 Key Principles

Creating The Ultimate Transmedia Story Experiences: 3 Key Principles | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
Are you a storyteller who wants to create transmedia experiences that attract huge audiences? Well, to do so requires that you understand more than just how to tell a story via multiple platforms. ...
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Insight that is applicable to all storytelling.

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How to Use a Screenwriting Trick to Fix Your Broken Story

How to Use a Screenwriting Trick to Fix Your Broken Story | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
Do you know what a logline is? If you’re not a screenwriter, chances are good that you don’t. And that’s a shame, because loglines are great tools for any writer.
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Premise statement....log line.    Log line....premise statement.   Great tools no matter what.

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How to Write a Story: The Premise

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When you're deciding how to write a story, the important first step is to create your premise.What is a Premise?When you write a story it needs to be about something. That something is the premise....
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Writing Process: Outlines & Index Cards

Writing Process: Outlines & Index Cards | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
What's the process of writing a novel? What's your writing process like? Do you follow a process when you write? Readers and other writers often ask me about my writing process, and my answer never...
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Screenwriting Structure - The Three Act Paradigm

Screenwriting Structure - The Three Act Paradigm | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
This month on 5writers, we’re going to be talking about structure, and what better way to kick us off than to talk about the most structured writing that exists – screenwriting! Not only do film sc...
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Why can't Hollywood make a decent fairy tale movie?

Why can't Hollywood make a decent fairy tale movie? | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
Fairytales contain some of the most delightful make-believe in literature, even with all their creepiness and weirdness.
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American Masters: Philip Roth and the Writer's Life Unmasked

American Masters: Philip Roth and the Writer's Life Unmasked | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
The documentary is not intended to "unmask" Philip Roth in the sense that you learn every possible thing about him.
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Story is Structure Part II: The Monomyth in Practice

Story is Structure Part II: The Monomyth in Practice | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
This article first appeared on cmyplay. It has been inc…
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ebooks4writers - resources for committed writers

ebooks4writers - resources for committed writers | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
A blog and site that aims to provide professional advice, information and ebook resources

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, June 27, 2013 9:38 AM

Another very useful website especially good on critiquing and writers' groups.

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Lit Fest | Lighthouse Writers Workshop

Lit Fest | Lighthouse Writers Workshop | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
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The annual Denver Lit Festival is a great place to get your writer on!   

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Shelly Lowenkopf's Blog: No Trespassing Signs in Story

Shelly Lowenkopf's Blog: No Trespassing Signs in Story | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
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A good piece on embracing the dark passenger(s), in your antagonists and conflict characters.

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The Writer’s Technique in Thirteen Theses: Walter Benjamin’s Timeless Advice on Writing

The Writer’s Technique in Thirteen Theses: Walter Benjamin’s Timeless Advice on Writing | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
"The more circumspectly you delay writing down an idea, the more maturely developed it will be on surrendering itself."

"Write with the d
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"Keep your pen aloof from inspiration, which it will then attract with magnetic power. The more circumspectly you delay writing down an idea, the more maturely developed it will be on surrendering itself. Speech conquers thought, but writing commands it."  A brilliant bit of thinking.   These 13 ideas are honey to any writer.

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Direction of Main Character Growth

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Whether a Main Character eventually changes his nature or remains steadfast, he will still grow over the course of the story. This growth has a direction. Either he will grow into something (Start)...
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Story Judgment - Good or Bad?

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The 12 Essential QuestionsEvery Writer Should Answer 8. Main Character Judgment: Good or Bad? As an author, you can temper the story's Outcome by providing a Judgment as to whether the Main Charact...
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David Mamet and Other Big Authors Choose to Self-Publish

David Mamet and Other Big Authors Choose to Self-Publish | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
Self-publishing is expanding beyond first-time writers who can’t get deals, as big names like the playwright and author David Mamet are choosing this route, another sign that digital disruption is reshaping the publishing market.
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More trouble for Big Box Media.

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Paul K Saunders's curator insight, April 17, 2013 3:19 PM

So now the writers are joining the musicians in doing it themselves way to go

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Rewriting and/or Writing Scenes Can Be Fun (I Hope)

Rewriting and/or Writing Scenes Can Be Fun (I Hope) | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
Tom Benedek, screenwriter of 'Cocoon' talks about the intricacies of writing scenes for your screenplay.
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What is a Story: Discovery of a Character - Finding, Building, Creating

What is a Story: Discovery of a Character - Finding, Building, Creating | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
Jerry Flattum dives into the discovery of a character, exploring ways to create more dynamic and multilayered characters for your scripts.
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25 Turns, Pivots, And Twists To Complicate Your Story

25 Turns, Pivots, And Twists To Complicate Your Story | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
1. The Heinous Fuckery Is Revealed This is the “first turn” of the story: something happens that disrupts the status quo and this event pushes the protagonist (and perhaps the... Read T...
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