September 27, 2019

Working as an editor, I’ve read a LOT of amateur fiction and given lots of advice to aspiring writers. Over time, patterns start to emerge, and one of the most common issues sounds like the most obvious question in the world.

What the heck are you supposed to write?

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December 23, 2018

We've all written and read "Talking Wallpaper" dialogue. It mimics the chit-chat of every day conversation. 

"Hi there," Steve said.

"How's it going?" Bob replied.

"Oh, it's all right." 

Does this dialogue sound realistic? Yes. But is it enthralling, engaging, or rive...

December 18, 2018

Radio drama is one of the lost art forms, and well produced radio dramas are as hard to find as truffles (I've been watching a lot of cooking shows). So, in true final boss editing style, a few of our fellow editors and myself decided to write and produce the first epi...

July 20, 2018

After editing hundreds of stories, this remains one of the biggest challenges in prose that I see.  How to engage a reader through the scene from page one.  So often in speculative fiction (and even literary fiction) the first scene doesn't accomplish all the writer ne...

March 11, 2018

Just wrapped up a fun scriptshadow edit with the Fox and enjoyed two awesome stories from some amateur writers.  

Let's talk a little about what we learned tonight!  

1.) SIMPLE!  Keep your stories simple.  Flare and flash are fun, but they distract from y...

October 7, 2016

As someone who started as a screenwriter, getting into a character's head has always been a bit of a challenge for me since I switched to novels.  In class, we read Madame Bovary, Leaving Atocha Station, and Mrs. Dalloway and I wanted to break out what I took away for...

July 3, 2016

One of the awesome writers I've worked with gave me permission to use the notes I wrote up for her screenplay an an example of my paid edit work.  

Here's the link to my notes: https://app.box.com/s/304lsyv2nxuv8ouam6vruwe6za6dxw17 

Hopefully this can help any of yo...

June 30, 2016

Tonight we took a look at a few stories that play in the fantastical realm.  I have our video review and line-by-line notes posted below, but I wanted to share a few overall takeaways I learned from the edit here: 

  • When introducing a character, show their public lif...

May 14, 2016

In a late night editing session, we took a look at a script from one of our awesome Twitch contributors, Gregory Mandarano (@majinbuu1831).  His script is a biopic of the well known musician, Levon Helm.  After that, we read over the first page of "42 Days."

 

Here...

May 2, 2016

Read over a few screenplays from the amateur offerings this week and voted on Eternal Lies.

 

Here are a few things we learned: 

 

  • Ensure your hero doesn't just have an external flaw (struggles reading, etc.) look to find a moral flaw for the hero -- how is the way he'...

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