January 28, 2017

Brought in a new editor today for a co-editing stream.  Here's a quick highlight of the insights with more after: 

  • Give context early around motivations.  Use a character's interior thoughts during the scene to establish their motivations and context.  Too litt...

December 30, 2016

Just wrapped up a late night edit of Ozma and Stuck in Silence.  I've written a few takeaways below, and as always, if you'd like to get one of our edits, let us know.

The takeaways: 

  • Keep your intros simple.  An intro that is almost a mini story with minimal other p...

December 16, 2016

Hey all, 

Here's a paper I wrote on how to use the contrast and concert of the different voices of a novel (character / authorial / etc.) to help express your theme as best as possible.  

Here's a simple breakdown of what it's about: 

  • Having different voices, whether...

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...

August 14, 2016

Well, last night we dug into an awesome piece of children's fiction and a fun speculative short story.  I wanted to share a few of the insights we picked up along the way (along with the video of our edits, of course).

  • Children's books

    • Every word counts in c...

July 10, 2016

This is our first of a series of tutorials on developing stories.  Tonight we talked about developing resonant characters using the following devices:

  • The Four Essentials

  • The Character Map 

  • Creating Irony Through Characteristics v. Character

Here's the v...

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 22, 2016

The last human child on a water mining outpost is raised by a spider and uncovers the colony's dark secret.  


We took a look at the first few chapters of Life Interstellar a few nights ago and discussed some of the benefits and drawbacks of writing in a sci-fi world....

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."



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