SIMPLICITY

Forward, he cried From the rear And the front ranks died. Pink Floyd (Us and Them)   Hi Writers, We can tell a whole world in a sentence.  The rewrite...

DILEMMA: THE SOURCE OF OUR STORY

  At the heart of every story lies a dilemma. It is not a question of whether or not our protagonist has a dilemma, but rather, how effectively it has...

No Good Guys, No Bad Guys

  I think there are times, as a storyteller, that I can be so bull-headedabout what I want to express, that I end up pushing an agenda rather than telling...

What Happens Next?

“Be curious, not judgmental.” – Walt Whitman Hi Writers, A fatal mistake many writers make in beginning a new story, is allowing themselves to be seduced by their premise. They...

Writing the Forbidden

“Freedom of speech and freedom of expression are so ingrained in our society we rarely stop to think about it. I can write anything I want – dark fiendish plots...

Technique

“Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.” – Martha Graham   Hi Writers, Technique is developed over time. By reading and...

Backstory

“The past is prologue.” – William Shakespeare When we are stuck, it is inevitably because some part of our backstory is unclear. Backstory refers to what happened before our story...

The Lens Through Which We See Our Story

“I find that when I am working I become like an antenna, and suddenly, somewhat like a paranoid schizophrenic, everything relates to my screenplay: a mentioned recipe, a joke somebody...

Make it Cinematic

  A picture paints a thousand words. Since a movie is a story told in pictures, a screenplay is the blueprint from which the director takes his cues. It is...

CHOICE

Why do we write? Why do we spend months, years, even decades engaged in the solitary act of creating a world on paper with no assurance than anyone will read...