Ken Miyamoto discusses a character's Internal ARC (Acceptance, Revelation, Contentment) using the feature film FIRST BLOOD as an example. Source: Acceptance, Revelation, Contentment: Exploring Your Character's Inner ARC - ScreenCraft Great examples - not just from First Blood - in this article to show you how to develop your character along with your plot in… Continue reading Acceptance, Revelation, Contentment: Exploring Your Character’s Inner ARC – ScreenCraft
Check out this excellent Guardian newspaper article interviewing a host of essential authors writing in the detective genre. Lee Child, Ian Rankin, Michael Connelly, Val McDermaid, Ann Cleeves, and others talk about how they came to write their series and the impact of doing so. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/jun/27/me-and-my-detective-by-lee-child-attica-locke-sara-paretsky-jo-nesb-and-more
Photo by Tania Malréchauffé on Unsplash This is another post from the Archive. I've hit a point in my current working project where I've had to take stock of what is there and what isn't there in the story so far. This post came to mind as a guide for me as I am reviewing… Continue reading Embracing the Void.
To begin at the beginning, this is not an exhaustive comparison of Connelly and Grisham. There will be plenty of writers/journalists out there who have already done this better than I can. These are my thoughts and notes from a great interview with the two authors by the bookseller Waterstones, earlier this evening. Connelly and… Continue reading A Tale of Two Writers – Michael Connelly and John Grisham
https://youtu.be/LeHhX0K1kkg This talk by French Screenwriter and Film Maker, Celine Sciamma, has challenged me in two ways. It has challenged my already challenged mind regarding the received 'this is the way you plot a story'.It has challenged me to think even more deeply about what the focus of my stories are. For Sciamma there is… Continue reading Lessons from Celine Sciamma’s Writing Process.
Usually I would advise you to read this article before you continue with my thoughts, but not today. There is enough in Ken Miyamoto's excellent article to keep you going for days! I've been researching movie/play scripts for a little while now. There are many ways in which novels and movies differ, but what I… Continue reading To Know Your Story or To Not Know Your Story – That Is My Question?
If you choose to take a break, have you broken your habit? I've written just over 63,000 words in the last 7 weeks, with the aim of writing at least 1,000 words a day. I established the habit I wanted of writing a minimum of 1,000 words a day. Then two days ago, I stopped… Continue reading Taking a Break.
It is difficult in these days of movies and tv series not to associate actors with the fictional people they portray. Or is it the other way around? An honest actor will tell you that if the writing is good then they just say the lines. Which is them being very generous. Their art is… Continue reading Improving Your Character(s)!
I am sure I'm not alone in this. Sometimes you just can't finish a project. You hit a wall. You lose the thread. A character doesn't follow the plot line you have carefully constructed for them. I'm sure it happens to artists and musicians also. As a writer you normally do two things. First, you… Continue reading It is okay not to finish (at the moment).
So yesterday I suggested that relatives could take inspiration/lessons from sports and hopefully I will convince you today. Bill Belichick is the most successful NFL coach ever because: He stays focused on the overall goal and works hard to achieve it He never goes through the motions and always trains with purpose He makes sure… Continue reading Day 467 – Creative Like Bill Belichick, Pt.2.