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 concentration. We forget about everything else and become mesmerised with the narrative, with the situations, with the characters – almost as if what we’re hearing is real. It’s like a trance, a trance that lulls us to sleep or a trance that lulls us into the perspective that the storyteller wants us to buy into. Best Screenwriting Workshops – Five Principles Of Great Screenwriting This can be a good thing but this can also be a bad thing, depending on what it is the storyteller is trying to say. With these ten principles I’m going to teach you how the Masters have woven their stories, their narratives and hopefully you’ll be able to do the same. Number one – make your characters likable. The more likeable your main character, is the more likeable your story is. If you do a test and you write down your five favorite movie characters of all time, then you write down your five favorite movies of all time, without fail I guarantee you that there’s going to be a tremendous overlap. Chances are your five favorite characters, maybe not all of them, but the majority of them, are going to correlate with your five favorite films. Because essentially what a film is doing is selling us a character. Therefore it’s essential that if you’re going to make a great screenplay a great film, you’ve got to center it around a great central character. The more engaging your protagonist is going to be, the more engaging your story is going to be. Number two – give your story /script a strong re-watch or re-read factor. The great stories are classics not just because they’re great stories. They’re classics because they last and why do they last? They last because they have a strong re-watch re-read […]

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 to people talk and if I put that conversation exactly the way it happened it would be very dull and boring. There wouldn’t be much impact to it, so dialogue is not really the way people talk. It’s the way we want to think people talk. Dialogue and fiction is much more condensed. It’s much more to the point and actually dialogue must accomplish several things at one time. Each word must carry it’s full load. Each word must do two or three things and by that I mean in dialogue, you want to communicate the message that the character is saying, but also you want to communicate their mood. https://youtu.be/aUAD-7zR3q8Video can’t be loaded: Dialogue for Your Fiction Story (https://youtu.be/aUAD-7zR3q8) You want to sometimes imply things and you always want to move the story forward toward the end. First, let’s get the mechanics of dialogue out of the way. It’s pretty simple and straightforward but it does take some particular attention. Some of the problems students have are the comma and the period. Notice that the comma always goes before the end quotation mark. OIf course, all of your dialogue will be enclosed with quotation marks. If there’s a period at the end of the sentence, then the period will go inside the closing quote. If there’s a comma at the end the comma will go inside the closing quote. Many times dialogue will have an attribution. Attribution is the ‘he said’, ‘she said’ that goes at the end of the sentence and notice how it’s done in this example. There’s a comma, a closing quote the words ‘he said’ or ‘she said’, and then a period. So in that case the period goes at the end. If there’s a question mark, there’ll be a closing quote afterwards but notice […]

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 realise is that the way that it’s split up is not quite even. Act one is 25% of your screenplay, act 3 the end of your movie is 25% of your screenplay, and then that middle chunk, act 2, is actually 50% of your screenplay, with that act 2 being split up into two parts. Acts 2a and 2b each composing half of your screenplay, so 25%. One of the most important things that a writer can do is outline before they dive into trying to tell their story. There are a couple of common ways to outline for a screenplay that aren’t necessarily so common in the novel writing world. https://youtu.be/5Usf4I9mrGYVideo can’t be loaded: Screenplay Basics | Screenwriting 101 (https://youtu.be/5Usf4I9mrGY) Screenwriting Basics & Basic Screenplay Outline Video Transcript (Cont’d) … One of the most popular is using note cards. Go pick up index cards from the store – I probably have a million line around here. I use to them in one of my videos about web development because I always have them lying around … Each note card is a scene. You write down the same title and what happens during it, and you put it on a table or on a board and it’s like a big kind of storyboard for you, for your writing. So you have X number of scenes in act 1, X number of scenes in act 3, and then X number of scenes in act 2a and 2b. In that way you know that your screenplay is weighted the proper amount. You have the right amount of scenes and you’re beginning your middle and your end to make sure that everything will be smooth. You follow that structure that most people are looking for when they’re looking into movies. All right so […]

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 creative process is ideas tend to lead to better ideas. And those better ideas lead to these great ideas that you can create a story around. In this video, I’m going to share with you the exact steps you need to take to come up with a great idea for your story. Tip number one. Understand the truth behind writer’s block. Writer’s block is often painted as this epic battle between the writer and the blank page and it’s something that the writer has to jump over every time they write. And, you know what? It doesn’t have to be this way. A lot of people do struggle with writer’s block and they don’t understand why they get it. And, once you understand what triggers writers block then you’ll have a different problem. https://youtu.be/677W1TeVGKIVideo can’t be loaded: How to come up with great story ideas for your book (https://youtu.be/677W1TeVGKI) Youtube Channel What To Write A Story About – The Idea Is The Book Video transcript (cont’d) And that different problem which is what I consider the biggest problem most writers have is, you know, that problem, the epic battle we have with procrastination, where you know you should be writing, there’s a part of you that wants to write, but you don’t sort of feel inspired, you don’t want to. And its about creating a habit around writing. But that’s a completely different video for another day and it’s certainly something I’ve had learnt over the years. Back to writers block. What writer’s block is, it’s a symptom often of something much… of a bigger problem. And that bigger problem is an empty creative well and what a lot of writers do with their creative well is they let their well run dry, and then they’ll try and draw… and […]

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, so my task was actually much easier, since all I needed was to express my idea in the simplest way possible. Now I’ll show you the simple formula to create a story framework from the idea. The formula is l-o-c-k, or lock. This was actually created by James Scott Pelley and I find it very, very useful. So what is lock? L stands for lead O for objective C for conflict K for knockout Every great story follows the same construct. There is a lead, the protagonist, who has a burning objective and faces an increasing crescendo of conflict in his or her attempt to accomplish the objective. Eventually there’s a final knockout in the end. Either the lead gets his objective or not, but perhaps the outcome is mixed. He gets something different than he thought. That’s it LOCK -lead,objective, conflict, knockout. How To Outline Your Novel – A Practical Guide https://youtu.be/qNIDiELu-G8Video can’t be loaded: How to write an outline for your novel or book (https://youtu.be/qNIDiELu-G8) Youtube Channel Video Transcript (cont’d) Let’s take the Hunger Games for instance. At a very physical level the core of the story is about the protagonist wanting to survive. In The Hunger Games that’s our objective, everything that happens in the Hunger Games is a conflict, with the eventual knockout being she survives, but with a little twist. Now take a more classic story. Captain Ahab wants to get Moby Dick the whale. The core of the story is about the conflict in the path to reach the whale. In the eventual knockout, he loses. This is at a very functional level. At a more metaphorical level his true objective is to fight the man, the inhumane system and Captain Ahab’s knockout is a reminder for man to let nature be, which leads […]

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 its long sentences and lavishly descriptive passages, and the style of Hemingway, which is economical with words and punchy in style, expressing the story and even dialogue in short sentences. For most of us, the most comfortable way of writing is somewhere between the two, but with a definite lean towards frugality. Purple Prose Example (Yes, its one of mine!) I wrote a draft of a first tentative novel many years ago. It never surfaced into the public domain, a fact I am now dearly grateful for! The style was ‘purplish’, which is par for the course when starting out. Sentences such as the one below were common throughout the manuscript: “The gold incisor of the mustachio’d bandit glinted seductively in the opalescent moonlight as his caballeros waited in the bushes, waiting for the next hapless traveller to stumble across their planned ambush.” Whew! Just tires you out reading it doesn’t it? I don’t speak in this way, so why on Earth should I write in this style? The answer is that new writers don’t know how to write, almost by definition. I made the common mistake thinking that a writer must impress by showing knowledge of an extensive vocabulary and creating rambling sentences in the hope of sounding somehow ‘literary’. In fact, the opposite is true (mostly!) What Is Prose, When It’s Not Purple? Prose is a lot like normal speech and should be used to tell a story in such a way that the reader is given all the information need to follow and enjoy the story. Of course, the style, or the way we manipulate the words we use are important, and this develops with time as we find our own particular voice. It isn’t necessary to regurgitate the dictionary every time we put pen to paper. […]