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Good Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV structure, or What Would Buffy Do?

A friend recently had a writing assignment to turn in an outline for a “genre” show.  (I hate that term, but more on that another time.)  He’s not much of a sci-fi and fantasy person, and so felt he wouldn’t … Continue reading

14. September 2014 by DigitalDeron
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I write myself the best notes

Tonight’s mission is to go through all the little scraps and scribbles in dozens of notebooks, and organize them into useful, cloud-housed documents. In the attempt to keep the creativity flowing and the productivity materializing, I’m constantly jotting thoughts.  Sometimes … Continue reading

01. June 2013 by DigitalDeron
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Screenwriting Tool: The Character Board

Getting from the initial germ of an idea to 100 pages of properly formatted screenplay is no small feat.  We all have our tricks and tools that help us keep momentum and organize our thoughts along the journey: outlines, note … Continue reading

11. November 2011 by DigitalDeron
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Five Tips for Naming Characters

Start with your ABCs. You want each character in your screenplay to feel as distinct as possible.  A simple way to help with that is to use a different letter of the alphabet for each character. We’ve all had the … Continue reading

10. October 2011 by DigitalDeron
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You can write better than THIS

One writing peeve of mine is overuse of the word “this.” ‘This’ is a demonstrative pronoun. It fills in for other nouns. I believe your writing will be stronger if you actually use those nouns. Each ‘this’ is a chance … Continue reading

12. September 2011 by DigitalDeron
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Let the ‘Beat’ drop.

Last time I suggested that you want your words to flow nicely down the page of your screenplay, uninterrupted by visual description. And that’s true.  Except when it’s not. Sometimes you want to control the pace of a scene, perhaps helping … Continue reading

15. August 2011 by DigitalDeron
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A simple trick to help your screenplay FLOW

When learning the art of screenwriting, you’ll hear about the big essential ingredients: Character, Structure, Arc.  But there’s a mechanical aspect that an experienced screenwriter will keep in mind as well, because one can do all those most important things … Continue reading

26. July 2011 by DigitalDeron
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Ira Glass on Storytelling

21. July 2011 by DigitalDeron
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How big a screenwriting geek are you?

Take this 20-question quiz and find out the true depths of your screenwriting geekitude. Answers after the jump. #1. The famous statement that, in Hollywood, “Nobody knows anything,” is from the book Adventures in the Screen Trade, authored by what … Continue reading

16. June 2011 by DigitalDeron
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What the heck does “Destruction Fire Nature Wood” mean?

I keep a notebook, like most writers, of all the different ideas I might want to use in various stories.  Usually, it’s more like twelve notebooks, each holding a few, torn half-pages of panel programs, leftover snippets of previous notebooks, … Continue reading

15. June 2011 by DigitalDeron
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