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

By on May 11, 2018 in Podcasts, Tips and Tactics, Tools with 2 Comments
<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 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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How and Why to Write a Good Logline

By on November 30, 2017 in Tips and Tactics, Tools with 223 Comments
How and Why to Write a Good Logline

The essentials for writing an effective logline.

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What’s in a Name? Why a Good Title Matters.

By on October 19, 2017 in Tips and Tactics, Tools with 6 Comments
What’s in a Name? Why a Good Title Matters.

Your title is the headline of your story.

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2 Re-Discovered Blake Snyder Interviews

By on September 3, 2017 in Tips and Tactics, Tools with 2 Comments
2 Re-Discovered Blake Snyder Interviews

Hear what successful scripts have in common.

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Beats-ing Writer’s Block

By on March 17, 2017 in Tips and Tactics, Tools
Beats-ing Writer’s Block

Getting unstuck can be as simple as starting with a beat.

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Save the Cat!® Podcats: Does Your Hero Have to Transform?

<i>Save the Cat!®</i> Pod<i>cats</i>: Does Your Hero Have to Transform?

Defining transformation.

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Save the Cat!® Podcats: Your Theme Stated

<i>Save the Cat!®</i> Pod<i>cats</i>: Your Theme Stated

How and when you use this beat.

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