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How to Write a Screenplay: The 5 Step Process

How to Write a Screenplay: The 5 Step Process

Have you ever fantasized about writing a Hollywood movie? Or maybe, with a bit of luck, create the next Lost.

In a visual age, with the decline of traditional publishing, some look to writing screenplays as a way to create the “literature of the future.”

But what is the process to write a screenplay? How do you even begin? And how is it different or similar to writing a novel? In this post we’re going to look at the five step process professional screenwriters use.

How to Write a Book That’s Based on a True Story

How to Write a Book That’s Based on a True Story

Life is filled with stranger-than-fiction moments. You might be wondering, though, how do you know how to write a book based on a true story? Because in practice, it’s much harder than it sounds, right?

Story Arcs: Definitions and Examples of the 6 Shapes of Stories

Story Arcs: Definitions and Examples of the 6 Shapes of Stories

In stories, we get to see the cause-and-effect connections between otherwise random events. We get to experience the deeper meaning in life. We get to see through the chaos of real life and see the underlying pattern.

The literary term for this pattern is story arc, and humans love story arcs.

In this article, we’re going to talk about the definition of story arcs, look at the six most commonly found story arcs in literature, talk about how to use them in your writing, and, finally, study which story arcs are the most successful.

5 Reasons You Should Aim for 100 Literary Rejection Letters in 2021

5 Reasons You Should Aim for 100 Literary Rejection Letters in 2021

It’s goal-setting season again! Have you set your writing goals for 2021 yet?

Love them or hate them, the idea of setting goals permeates the entire month of January. And most of those goals are “positive.” From physical appearance to self-care to organizing your pantry, it’s all about improving one’s life.

And most of those goals end up in the dumpster before the month’s end.

I have a new approach for you: Set a goal for getting (and overcoming) one hundred literary rejection letters in 2021.

Read on for my very sound reasoning on the subject.

4 Key Problems That Cause Writing Anxiety (And How to Overcome Them)

4 Key Problems That Cause Writing Anxiety (And How to Overcome Them)

Have you ever felt a rush of writing anxiety when trying to finish your story?

Whether you view this as resistance or low self-esteem, writing anxiety can prevent you from finishing that beautiful, unique story that only you can tell. Here are four common problems that feed writing anxiety and tips on how to overcome them.

New Year Writing Prompts: Write a Series of New Year’s Resolution Disasters

New Year Writing Prompts: Write a Series of New Year’s Resolution Disasters

Have you ever seen the New Years Resolution episode from Friends? You know the one where Ross wears leather pants, Joey tries to learn how to play guitar, and Rachel tries to gossip less?

If you’re a Friends fan, I’d be shocked if you didn’t know the episode I’m talking about. Rolling Stone even suggested this episode really should be called “‘The One With Ross’ Leather Pants’ because no one else’s 1999 New Year’s resolution produces results as memorable — or disastrous.”

But even though Ross’s leather pants fiasco is what makes the episode, it’s not the only resolution that wins some laughs. Today, let’s focus on brainstorming some New Year writing prompts to kickstart your writing year with some humor.

Writing Goals: How to Set Meaningful Goals for 2021 That You Can Manage and Achieve

Writing Goals: How to Set Meaningful Goals for 2021 That You Can Manage and Achieve

If you’re reading this, you have goals. Maybe you have fitness goals or goals for your family. Maybe you even have writing goals.

But how do you write goals that actually work, that actually help you accomplish the things that you set out to do?

In this post, I’ll share my comprehensive goal writing process, the same process that has helped me finish twelve books, publish over 2,000 blog posts, and reach over twenty million people with my writing over the last eight years.

Can You Have More Than One Protagonist In Your Story?

Can You Have More Than One Protagonist In Your Story?

We’ve seen movies and read books. We know the protagonist when we see her. However, as I mentor and edit authors, I’ve had more and more writers ask me the big question: “Can you have multiple main characters in a story?”

Yes, you can. But should you?

How to Start a Story: 10 Ways to Get Your Story Off to a Great Start

How to Start a Story: 10 Ways to Get Your Story Off to a Great Start

Perhaps you’ve heard the old publishing proverb: The first page sells the book; the last page sells the next book. I’m convinced there’s a mammoth grain of truth in that. The beginning and the end of any story are critical elements that you really want to nail.

Today, we’re going to focus on how to start a story—in other words, how you can craft a spectacular beginning that will hold readers spellbound and get them to turn that first all-important page.

6 Thoughtful Ways to Gift Your Writing

6 Thoughtful Ways to Gift Your Writing

I love the Christmas season. I love decorating the tree and baking cookies with my daughter. I love wrapping presents and hiding them from prying eyes.

But with every passing holiday season, I find myself loving something less and less each year: Rampant consumerism, and the impossible expectations that come with it.

What if this year, you give something different? What if you gift writing instead of things?

The Secret for Creating Characters That Readers Want to Root For

The Secret for Creating Characters That Readers Want to Root For

“Strong” is a word we often hear when describing good characters. But how do you create a strong character for your story? What makes the difference between a character your readers root for and one they forget?

Strong can mean many things. It might mean they’re intelligent like Hermione, resilient like Katniss, have exceptional physical strength like Hercules, or are cunning like Sherlock Holmes. And while all of these characters have different strengths, they all successfully encourage readers to get behind them and their pursuit of their endeavors. 

Creating characters that readers view as strong is not an easy task. Here is one quick writing tip to help you write them. 

Point of View in 2021: Third Person Omniscient vs. Third Person Limited vs. First Person

Point of View in 2021: Third Person Omniscient vs. Third Person Limited vs. First Person

As an editor, point of view problems are among the top mistakes I see inexperienced writers make, and they instantly erode credibility and reader trust.

However, point of view is simple to master if you use common sense.

This post will define point of view, go over each of the major POVs, explain a few of the POV rules, and then point out the major pitfalls writers make when dealing with that point of view.

How to Write Books With Multiple Perspectives

How to Write Books With Multiple Perspectives

Writing from one person’s perspective is hard enough. Writing from multiple perspectives can seem downright impossible. But it can be done.

I wrote my last novel from three different perspectives. It was difficult. Sometimes it was stagnating creatively. But sometimes it was fun and kept me engaged in my own book when I wanted to give up.

So if you’re ready for the challenge, here’s how to write a book from multiple perspectives.

How to Write a Novel (Without Fail): The Complete 20-Step Guide

How to Write a Novel (Without Fail): The Complete 20-Step Guide

What if you could begin your novel without the fear of failing? What if you had a process so foolproof, you knew you would finish no matter what? The zombie apocalypse could finally strike and you’d still finish writing your novel.

The good news is you’ve found the write place (sorry, bad habit).

Book Genre: Why Figuring Out Your Genre Will Help Your Story Succeed

Book Genre: Why Figuring Out Your Genre Will Help Your Story Succeed

You’ve worked long and hard on that book, and it’s finally finished! Now what?

It’s time to identify your book genre (if you haven’t already) so you can better place and market your story.

Understanding genre is one of the most important details you need to market and identify your book. Here are some key ideas needed to figure it out.

How to Find the Conflict in a Story

How to Find the Conflict in a Story

One of the greatest challenges of writing better stories is knowing exactly which scenes to write. The best scenes focus on the core elements of conflict — which means before you can write amazing scenes, you have to find the conflict in a story.

Strong scenes come from strong plans. And visualizing the conflict between your characters is a great way to do just that.

20 Great Gifts for Writers in 2020

20 Great Gifts for Writers in 2020

Do you have a writer in your life? Are you not sure what gifts for writers to get them for the holiday season? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

Here’s a collection of the best gifts for writers this holiday.

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Short Story Tutorial

Short stories were once the training grounds for the best writers in the world. Discover how to write a short story, submit it to magazines, and get it published through this free short story tutorial.

Characterization Tutorial

Good characters are why people read stories, so make sure your characters are awesome. Hook your readers and draw them into the story in this free characterization tutorial.

Grammar Tutorial

Good Grammar might seem old fashioned, but editors and publishers still care about grammar. Avoid rejection and make your writing shine through this free grammar tutorial.

 

Interviewing Tutorial

Giving a good interview is a skill almost all professional writers need. Add depth, expertise, and precision to your writing through this free interviewing tutorial.

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