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Billy Ray’s “Simple Emotional Journey”

Billy Ray’s “Simple Emotional Journey”

Map your hero’s emotional journey with plot points that generate the emotions.

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STC! Writes a Novel Cover Revealed!

<i>STC! Writes a Novel</i> Cover Revealed!

Coming on October 9 from Ten Speed/Random House.

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Make Your Horror Script Resonate: Bringing Your A Game to Your B Story

By on April 27, 2018 in About the Beats, Genre, Tools with 4 Comments
Make Your Horror Script Resonate: Bringing Your A Game to Your B Story

The role of A Quiet Place‘s B Story.

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From Blake’s Blogs: The Shard of Glass

By on April 20, 2018 in About the Beats, Tips and Tactics, Tools with 3 Comments
From <i>Blake’s Blogs</i>: The Shard of Glass

Why you need a “death moment” in your script.

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The Story Goal: What Does Your Protagonist Want?

The Story Goal: What Does Your Protagonist Want?

Your story goal is your spine.

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The Primal Call of The Greatest Showman

By on March 9, 2018 in About the Beats, Today's Blog with 3 Comments
The Primal Call of <i>The Greatest Showman</i>

Is the sense of having a purpose in life the key to the film’s success?

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Save the Cat!® Podcats: When Should You Know Your Theme?

By on March 2, 2018 in About the Beats, Podcasts, Tools with 8 Comments
<i>Save the Cat!®</i> Pod<i>cats</i>: When Should You Know Your Theme?

What is your theme’s purpose?

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New In-Person Weekend Intensive Screenwriting Workshops Announced

By on February 2, 2018 in About the Beats, Today's Blog with 0 Comments
New In-Person Weekend Intensive Screenwriting Workshops Announced

Create your story’s beats.

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Save the Cat!® Podcats: Which Beat Is the Most Critical to Your Protagonist’s Transformation?

By on January 19, 2018 in About the Beats, Tools with 16 Comments
<i>Save the Cat!®</i> Pod<i>cats</i>: Which Beat Is the Most Critical to Your Protagonist’s Transformation?

Naomi Beaty shows how you can create an arc.

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Re-Discovered Blake Snyder Interview!

By on December 29, 2017 in About the Beats, Today's Blog with 7 Comments
Re-Discovered Blake Snyder Interview!

“Hear” Blake Snyder’s unique voice.

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