Gary Provost, quoted in Roy Peter Clark's (terrific) Writing Tools: This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Lis...
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2. The episodes of a tale shall be necessary parts of the tale, and shall help develop it.
is a descriptive list which was created by to categorize every dramatic situation that might occur in a story or performance. To do this Polti analyzed classical texts, plus classical and contemporaneous works. He also analyzed a handful of non-Fr...
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Chuck Palahniukby Chuck Palahniuk Twenty years ago, a friend and I walked around downtown Portland at Christmas. The big department stores: Meier and Frank… Fredrick and Nelson… Nordstroms… their big display windows each held a s...
If you're a fiction writer -- whether you're working on a novel, short story, screenplay, television series, play, web series, webserial, or blog-based fiction -- your characters should come alive for your reader or audience. The highly detailed c...
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"Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia." The year
Like most newspaper reporters, I got into the biz because a) I love writing and b) I'm pretty good at it. But it's a sobering profession. You file your masterpiece, only to find your editor thinks it's two dozen "tinks" shy of publishable.
Pixar's Rules of Storytelling were originally tweeted by Emma Coats, a Pixar Story Artist. Rule 1: You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.