Category Archives: Screenwriting

Screenwriting Tip: Break Up Monologues

Excerpted from: 50 Sure-Fire Storytelling Tricks! By Melanie Anne Phillips Available in Paperback and for Kindle   There are some moments in some movies in which a long monolog by a single individual works well. Any inspiring public speech, for example, … Continue reading

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Using Index Cards for Your Story

Excerpted from: 50 Sure-Fire Storytelling Tricks! By Melanie Anne Phillips Available in Paperback and for Kindle Index cards (3×5 or 5×7 in size) are often used by screenwriters to plan out the sequence of events in their stories. Usually, a script … Continue reading

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There are Many Kinds of Endings

A character might change and resolve their personal angst, yet fail in their quest as a result. Was it worth it? Depends on the degree of angst and the size of the failure. Another character might not resolve their angst; … Continue reading

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Top Ten Screenwriting Tricks!

Trick 1 Screenwriting 101 Screenplays are blueprints for movies. As such, they are not art, but instructions for creating art. Therefore, there are two things every great screenplay must have: A good story, and a clear and understandable description of how … Continue reading

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Give each character a personal goal

Personal Goals are the motivating reasons your characters care about and/or participate in the effort to achieve or prevent the overall goal. In other words, they see the main story goal as a means to an end, not as an … Continue reading

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Step Back

Although it is important to work on the particulars of your story you can lose track of the big picture in doing so exclusively. Step back from time to time to take in your story as a whole.  See it … Continue reading

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Storytelling Trick 2 – Red Herrings (Changing Importance)

Red herrings are designed to make something appear more or less important than it really is. Several good examples of this technique can be found in the motion picture The Fugitive. In one scene a police car flashes its lights and … Continue reading

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