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INSIDE THE ART, CRAFT AND BUSINESS OF WRITING for Film, TV, Books, Stage, Print or Digital Media (with Particular Attention to Comedy)

Review: “Into the Woods” by John Yorke

This profound and practical book may be the penultimate work about story structure you’ll ever need (I’m working on a new reference book that could conceivably count as the last). … Continue reading

May 24, 2014 · 2 Comments

Query Letter Pet Peeves – Agents Speak (from Chuck Sambuchino – via Writers in the Storm)

11 literary agents catalog their pet peeves, including: “Dear Agent…” Vagueness Dull chapter summaries “What would you do if…?” Read the whole article here: http://writersinthestorm.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/query-letter-pet-peeves-agents-speak/ * * * Awesome art … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Some Ways to Promote, Market and Publicize Your Book (even if you have a publisher)

Promoting your own book is like trying to move sand off a beach using tweezers. You can do it, but it’s S-L-O-W. When you’re doing your own promotion, you start … Continue reading

May 18, 2014 · 4 Comments

LA Writers Clinic – June 12 & 26

LA Writers Clinic – 2 Thursdays, June 12 and 26th, 7-9pm Focus, unblock or (re-)energize your project at any stage of the process. * Rewrites * Outlines * Stuck mid-draft … Continue reading

May 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Top 10 “Common Elements” in Best-Seller Novels (via J.T. Velikovsky)

Stieg Larsson, Stephanie Meyer, J K Rowling, James Patterson and Dan Brown… What `Top 10 Things’ do their best-selling fiction novels all have in common? 1) ALL ARE IN THE SAME GENRE…  All … Continue reading

April 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

Comparative Narrative Story Structures Charted!

The greatest hits of story structure, all in one place, arranged chronologically and side-by-side for your comparative viewing pleasure! This chart is only a small selection of story templates available. … Continue reading

April 9, 2014 · 4 Comments

The Shaula Evans Comedy Punch-Up Method (from the Blacklist)

The Shaula Evans Comedy Punch-Up Method 1. Comedy needs a story spine to hang on. Fix up structural, character, and plot problems before you start your punch up. (See also: … Continue reading

March 8, 2014 · 6 Comments

Which 2014 Best Picture Nominees Pass the Bechdel Test: A New Yorker Quiz

American Hustle Captain Phillips Dallas Buyers Club Gravity Her Nebraska Philomena 12 Years a Slave The Wolf of Wall Street The Bechdel Test, created in 1985 by the cartoonist and … Continue reading

March 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Story Structure Countdown: How Different ‘Experts’ Say You Should Structure a Story

The Story Structure Countdown Lots of people have come up with lots of ways to map, chart, categorize, name and formulate story patterns and structures. (also see my Comparative Narrative Story … Continue reading

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Managed Fantasy

Fantasy is important – especially for writers. But maybe we should try to fantasize more about simply finishing the project, not the wild success we’ll enjoy after it’s written. Here’s … Continue reading

February 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

For Writers, No Doesn’t Always Mean No: Drown Your Rejection Sorrows in These Rejections by Famous Writers

1. George Orwell It seems Alfred Knopf didn’t always understand satire. Animal Farm, the famed dystopian allegory that later became an AP Reader standard and Retrospective Hugo Award winner, was … Continue reading

February 19, 2014 · Leave a comment
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