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."

 

Here...

May 9, 2016

In our edit, we read over one of our twitch follower's awesome children's screenplays and comment on how to make an animal sidekick story work.

 

What we learned: 

  • The animal has to relate to the hero's need: Whatever kind of animal you choose (sloth / 3 legged puppy)...

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