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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

How to Write a Story: The Premise | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
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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Meet the Reader: Ten Points to Ponder When You Write - Script Magazine

Meet the Reader: Ten Points to Ponder When You Write - Script Magazine | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
Script reader, Ray Morton, discusses the 10 things you need to ask yourself when you write a script in this month's Meet the Reader.
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These are principals of Story Development appropriate for Screenwirters, Novelists, Playwrites...any one who works in the narrative form.

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Act II - Arguing for a Narrative Question with a Positive Purpose

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Robert Piluso examines Act II and the Narrative Question, or, put another way, the Protagonist’s Main Objective.
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Present tension | A ton of useful information about screenwriting from screenwriter John August

Present tension | A ton of useful information about screenwriting from screenwriter John August | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
Robert Jackson Bennett looks at the benefits and drawback of writing fiction in the present tense.
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The Ideal Apocalypse in Literature and Film

The Ideal Apocalypse in Literature and Film | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
Eventually, the human world will simply vanish, leaving behind only the affectless emptiness of space, which will continue on, unconsciously, without us. It’s not just that we’ll die, but that our values, and value, will end.
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The Meaning of Premise

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Elements of Drama: The Meaning of Premise A question regarding premise was asked of writer Orla Higgins after her reading of her short story, The Thin Blue Line .  The question prompted me to consi...
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Writing A Book: What Happens After The First Draft?

Writing A Book: What Happens After The First Draft? | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
Many new writers are confused about what happens after you have managed to get the first draft out of your head and onto the page.
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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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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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Writer Beware ® Blogs!: Why Not to Register Copyright for Unpublished Work

Writer Beware ® Blogs!: Why Not to Register Copyright for Unpublished Work | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
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Teaching: Creative Writing Word Palettes

Teaching: Creative Writing Word Palettes | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
It all started when I ran out of time. My school was staging a mini project centred on ‘The Day the Waters Came‘, a visiting theatrical production based on events surrounding Hurricane ...
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25 Writer Resolutions For 2013 (And Beyond)

25 Writer Resolutions For 2013 (And Beyond) | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
‘ Tis that time of the year when the year’s just born — pushed from its temporal womb, squalling and wriggling. That means it’s also time to put forward a list... Read The R...
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From terribleminds.com - January 9, 9:23 PM
‘ Tis that time of the year when the year’s just born — pushed from its temporal womb, squalling and wriggling. That means it’s also time to put forward a list... Read The R...
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Make Me Worry You're Not O.K.

Make Me Worry You're Not O.K. | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
In the humiliation essay, my signature assignment, you can't remain dignified and ace it.
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Brilliant insight regarding how to drill into "character" and create stakes.

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Memories of Jake Adam York

Memories of Jake Adam York | What's the Story? | Scoop.it
It’s too soon to write this blog post, but that’s fitting because it was much too soon for the world to lose Jake Adam York.  He was a driven, conscientious, passionate poet and advocate of poetry;...
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The Theology of Screenwriting, Part 17: Despair | Go Into The Story

This week I continue to explore theological themes in relation to screenwriting, considering them metaphorically because in my view, we see these themes in movies all the time. By understanding them, we can use these ...
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M. W. Catlin's curator insight, January 22, 2016 12:46 AM

This entire series is really great.