Screenwriting Workshops Online – Writing Screenplays

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Today we’re going to talk about 5 of my 10 principles for great screenwriting. For me screenwriting is kind of like a seduction, where you’re trying to lure your audience in and persuade them to a certain point of view. You get them to like certain characters and you get them to sympathise with your perspective storytelling is like a trance. It goes back to the ancient times when people would sit around campfires and tell stories.   There’s something about storytelling that mesmerises us, that we get obsessed with something about hearing a great story that requires our entire […]

How To Write A Story With Dialogue The Right Way

Welcome back to this study on fiction. I’m Kenny noble, an instructor here at Indiana Bible College and today we’re going to be looking at the elements of dialogue. We’ll be looking at some of the important features of dialogue and hopefully give you some pointers to improve your dialogue. First, let me say that contrary to what many think, dialogue and fiction is not the way people talk. Rather, dialogue is the way that we want to think that people talk. I’ve taken my pen and paper and set down in a restaurant, in a coffee shop and listen […]

Basics Of Script Writing – How To Write A Basic Script

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All right – so you have this awesome idea for your next story and you’ve decided that writing it in a short story or a novel isn’t quite right. You want to make it into a movie. Where do you start? I really think that one of the best places to start when trying to write your first screenplay is understanding the 3 act structure that most movies are written in. This structure is pretty simple and straightforward. There’s a beginning, there’s a middle and there’s an end, and we split that up into 3 acts. What most people don’t […]

Ideas On What To Write A Book About – Great Story Ideas

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Do you dream of writing a novel but don’t know where to start because you believe you don’t have any great ideas? If so, then this video is for you. The truth is you do actually have great ideas, but you need to learn how to how to listen to them. It’s important to point out that it’s unrealistic for you to expect these first few ideas to be award-winning. The chances are they probably won’t be and this is perfectly okay. These no so great ideas are something that what happens to everyone and the interesting thing about the […]

How To Write An Outline For A Book

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Now that you’ve cracked the foundation of an idea, let’s talk about how to bring it to life in an outline. There is a confusing array of outline methods out there – snowflake, visual maps, flashlight outlining, and once again the surprising thing is that most of the people who are creating these methods have never been published. I’ve wasted a lot of time trying to outline with these different approaches as well but then it struck me that most of these outline methods were actually trying to help me come up with an idea. I already had an idea, […]

What is Purple Prose? Definition & Discussion (Guest Post)

When Ariana Paxton approached me to write a guest post on HWTWAGN.com, we agreed on the subject and title pretty quickly – ‘What Is Purple Prose?’ No doubt due to my past education (and biases, attitudes and experiences!) I naturally assumed the article would explain that PP was bad, bad, bad, but this is not the case. Rather than reject this alternative point of view, I decided to post it in its entirety, as it flies against the winds of accepted creative writing practice, at least for writers of fiction. In prose, the two extremes are the Purple variety with […]