Blog at a Glance
Story as a Chess Game
Sure, Sorry and Monopoly are fun, but your story conflict shouldn’t progress like that. It should look more like a chess game.
Review – Anatomy of a Premise Line
Having a solid premise nailed down prior to starting your script can be the difference between a compelling story and a pointless muddle. Anatomy of a Premise Line by Jeff Lyons provides one of the best hammers for the job I’ve found.
Review – That’s Not the Way It Works
Want to know what the real world of screenwriting looks like? The daily nuts-and-bolts of writing, representation, sales, and all the rest? Read Bob’s book.
Resolved, or concluded?
Should you resolve your story or conclude it? Which you choose can make a difference in how you view your story.
Going through the Motions
A story needs cause-and-effect movement, not just scenes following scenes. Here are some ways to visualize your story to help you create that.
Review – The Blue Books
Bill Martell’s Blue Book series is a screenwriting curriculum in a (Amazon) box. And it won’t cost you a student loan to get it.
Eye Beams and Einstein
Structure and formula aren’t the same, and confusing them is a straight line to a derivative story.
The Common Denominator
Most of the greatest films ever made have this thing in common. Recognizing it can help you ensure your own stories stand out from the rest.