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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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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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Best of Ben Frahm: Keep the Beats Simple!

By on July 13, 2018 in About the Beats, Tips and Tactics, Tools
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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