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Save the Cat!® Goes Mythical: The Minotaur in the Labyrinth

By on October 11, 2019 in Genre, Tips and Tactics with 0 Comments
Save the Cat!® Goes Mythical: The Minotaur in the Labyrinth

The first of 10 Greek classics which easily fit each one of Blake’s 10 genres.

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Save the Cat! Tips for Adapting Your Novel Into a Screenplay

By on September 19, 2019 in About the Beats, Tips and Tactics, Tools with 6 Comments
<i>Save the Cat!</i> Tips for Adapting Your Novel Into a Screenplay

Movies often tell simple stories.

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Connective Tissue: Finding the Mirror Beats in Your Story

By on August 30, 2019 in About the Beats, Tips and Tactics, Tools with 6 Comments
Connective Tissue: Finding the Mirror Beats in Your Story

Discover your story’s symmetry.

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Care for Your Scares

By on July 26, 2019 in Tips and Tactics, Tools with 4 Comments
Care for Your Scares

Here are prompts—and beat sheets—to help make your scary script as scary as possible.

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5 Reasons a Writer Should Take an Acting Class

By on June 21, 2019 in Tips and Tactics, Tools with 10 Comments
5 Reasons a Writer Should Take an Acting Class

Tips to help you create great dialogue.

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From Screenplay to Novel… and Back Again!

From Screenplay to Novel… and Back Again!

Consider both the reader’s and the viewer’s journeys.

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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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From the Best of Blake’s Blogs: Dig Deep Down

By on February 7, 2019 in About the Beats, Tips and Tactics with 2 Comments
From the Best of <i>Blake’s Blogs</i>: Dig Deep Down

Can you write stories that are “touched by the divine”?

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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
Why Stakes Should Be Primal

Ask moral questions.

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