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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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Storytelling Trick 1 – Building Size (Changing Scope)

 50 Sure-Fire Storytelling Tricks! By Melanie Anne Phillips Creator StoryWeaver, Co-creator Dramatica Trick 1  Building Size (Changing Scope) This first technique holds audience interest by revealing the true size of something over the course of the story until it can be seen … Continue reading

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Write Your Screenplay Step By Step – Now for Kindle

Write Your Screenplay Step by Step From the introduction:: If you are looking for a method to get your screenplay written, this book will take you step by step from concept to completion. Simply follow the instructions and by the … Continue reading

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Write Your Screenplay Step By Step – Now in Paperback

Write Your Screenplay Step by Step From the introduction:: If you are looking for a method to get your screenplay written, this book will take you step by step from concept to completion. Simply follow the instructions and by the … Continue reading

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A Screenwriter’s Bag of Tricks!

Our new booklet provides a grab bag of story development tips, tricks and techniques for screenwriters, novice and expert alike! Click on the image to read a sample section on Amazon.com

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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 it should be … Continue reading

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Screenwriting Tips: Use Index Cards

Use index cards to work out the scenes in your script 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 has many different dramatic … Continue reading

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