What is a Setpiece?
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There are times, and this one is as big as that abyss that opened up in 2016, that I have no words. Or more probably, I’m afraid to speak because if I…
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Act I breakdown
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I’ve never read Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress. But I understand the metaphor of the Slough of Despond. We’ve all been there, right? We’ve been there…
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Case study: SLOW HORSES. Very, very often, the first person to say yes to a book and pass it up the line for studio consideration is the reader, or…
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- to help you write your love plot!
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As you’ve probably noticed, I haven’t been keeping to my regular, one post a week schedule for this newsletter. I wasn’t going to get personal about…
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While down with Covid this month I watched the first episode of The Gilded Age. I’m not recommending it! But it was a great example of an OPENING IMAGE…
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In Greek mythology, the Hero’s journey into the Underworld is called katabasis. It is the eternal story, the cosmic blueprint for every book and script…
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I’m revising my own Act I, and I’m feeling like continuing with the refresher I started last week on the crucial Story Elements that are part of the DNA…
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- Do you know your Protagonist's PLAN?
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Part 1. I’ve been writing a post and video on how to create compelling STAKES in your book or script. Stakes, as in: What dire thing will happen if your…
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