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From Screenplay to Novel… and Back Again!

From Screenplay to Novel… and Back Again!

It is essential to consider the reader’s and viewer’s journey as they experience the story, and each medium offers its own route.

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Need a Screenplay Idea? Try This Game!

By on February 15, 2019 in Genre, Tips and Tactics, Tools with 13 Comments
Need a Screenplay Idea? Try This Game!

A way to come up with one idea after another

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When Is a Beat a Scene vs. a Section of Your Script?

When Is a Beat a <i>Scene</i> vs. a <i>Section</i> of Your Script?

You need to understand the proportions of your story beats to create a foundation that truly resonates with readers and audiences.

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Why Stakes Should Be Primal

By on July 20, 2018 in Podcasts, Tips and Tactics, Tools with 2 Comments
Why Stakes Should Be Primal

Ask moral questions.

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Best of Ben Frahm: Keep the Beats Simple!

By on July 13, 2018 in About the Beats, Tips and Tactics, Tools with 1 Comment
Best of Ben Frahm: Keep the Beats Simple!

Don’t get caught up in the minutia of a scene.

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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.

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Save the Cat!® Podcats: Can Your Antagonist Switch Sides?

By on May 11, 2018 in Podcasts, Tips and Tactics, Tools
<i>Save the Cat!®</i> Pod<i>cats</i>: Can Your Antagonist Switch Sides?

Answers to a challenging question

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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
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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How and Why to Write a Good Logline

By on November 30, 2017 in Tips and Tactics, Tools with 298 Comments
How and Why to Write a Good Logline

The essentials for writing an effective logline.

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