Line Up Your Shoes.

It is traditional when entering a Japanese home to take off your shoes and place them together, neatly, inside the hallway. These shoes should also be pointing out of the building, prepared and ready for your outward journey. Creative types come in all shapes and sizes - like people really, There is a romantic notion… Continue reading Line Up Your Shoes.

Acceptance, Revelation, Contentment: Exploring Your Character’s Inner ARC – ScreenCraft

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

Tips for Screenwriters from a Professional Story Analyst – Coverfly

Tips for Screenwriters from a Professional Story Analyst - Coverfly — Read on http://www.coverfly.com/tips-for-writers-from-a-professional-story-analyst/ Great pointers from story analyst , Micah Goldman. 'Your voice is the soul of the screenplay.' So what is your voice and how can you show that on the screen or the page?

The 12 Stages of the Screenwriter’s Journey – ScreenCraft

Applying the twelve stages of Joseph Campbell's The Hero's Journey to The Screenwriter's Journey. Source: The 12 Stages of the Screenwriter's Journey - ScreenCraft This a great article from Ken Miyamoto - no attempt to summarise this - you have to read the whole thing for yourselves. I hope you get as much from it… Continue reading The 12 Stages of the Screenwriter’s Journey – ScreenCraft

Embracing the Void.

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.

Lessons from Celine Sciamma’s Writing Process.

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.

Unconventional Story Structures for Screenwriters – ScreenCraft

Referring this your way for thoughtful and inventive read. The writer, Kevin Nelson, does a great job of giving examples of familiar stories with unusual structures, as well as suggestions of where you can find your own unusual structure ideas. Very well worth the read! There comes a time in every writer’s career when they… Continue reading Unconventional Story Structures for Screenwriters – ScreenCraft

To Be A Great Writer, Be A Cook.

Photo by Michael Wave on Unsplash Ingredients, Flavour, and Cooking - Words, Structure, and Writing. In The Script Lab's interview with Scott Neustadter (500 Days of Summer), one of the pieces of advice he gives is that writers should learn to 'be a cook'. His point is that, particularly in screenwriting, there is always going to be collaboration.… Continue reading To Be A Great Writer, Be A Cook.

To Know Your Story or To Not Know Your Story – That Is My Question?

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?

Taking a Break.

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.