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August 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Just in the (Saint) Nick of Time for Xmas, “Miller’s Compendium” is here!

“Miller’s Compendium” is an encyclopedic catalog of writing resources. GET IT NOW – 100s of lists & articles – 1000s of links – 500 ‘pages’ Timeless wisdom – Vintage graphics … Continue reading

December 17, 2015 · 1 Comment

Character, Action and Theme – from Jennine Ianouette

A great way to think about what kind of story you’re telling – or different dimensions in your story – from Jennine Ianouette: https://www.screentakes.com/finding-new-screenplay-structures/

October 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

The ultimate writer’s resource just got realer! Kickstarting this month: “Miller’s Compendium of Timeless Tools for the Modern Writer”

The Compendium’s Kickstarter campaign is Popular in Publishing and Staff Pick at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1060921494/millers-compendium-a-comprehensive-writers-referen The campaign ends July 10, but don’t wait! – Pre-order the book today – Consider buying an … Continue reading

June 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

How Many Ways Can You Say Boo? 16 Horror Themes (from Iconic Pictures) + 1 or 2 More (from me)

At the outset of a project – and when you’re planning a rewrite – I think it’s good to ask yourself what the the project is about. What’s it really … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

TV Drama Breakdown: Schematic Narrative Composition of CSI and House by Sebastian Armbrust

Actually, the full title is… “Schematic Narrative Composition of CSI and House from Analyzing Storytelling Strategies in Serial Television Drama: Hybrid Structure and Functional Polyvalence in House M.D.” by Sebastian … Continue reading

May 6, 2015 · 1 Comment

The first comprehensive reference book for writers – 150% FUNDED ON KICKSTARTER – Available on Amazon this Fall!

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January 21, 2015 · 2 Comments

6 Formulas for Formula Fiction (by Jim Denney via Michael Moorcock)

1. Length formula: 60,000 words, divided into four sections of 15,000 words, six chapters in each section, no chapter longer than 2,500 words. Each chapter is required to contain elements … Continue reading

November 16, 2014 · 1 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 · 3 Comments

A Galaxy of Franchises: The New Yorker Interactive Infographic of Movie Franchise Profitability

Hollywood is enamored with the franchise. A profitable one can sustain sequels across multiple decades that are worth billions of dollars in ticket sales alone. But, as the box-office ups … Continue reading

May 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Self-Published Success Story: Trolls and Lots of Them!

Amanda Hocking started writing, and self-publishing, fantasy fiction as a teenager in Minnesota. After she proved her own market, traditional publisher St. Martin’s gave her a $2 million deal. She … Continue reading

February 15, 2013 · 1 Comment