Answer all these questions and you should have a fully-developed character for your audience to connect with. A strong character can carry a weak plot; but a strong plot can’t carry weak characters
115 Words for “walks”
Movies are primarily a visual medium. Therefore as screenwriters, we need to think visually… and write visually. Take the verb “walks”: How about these instead: amble, shuffle, staggers, paces…
Words Commonly Used to Describe Sounds
Via Audra Wolowiec’s beautiful blog Lineforms. bang, bark, beep, bellow, blare, blast, bleat, bong, boom, bray, buzz, cackle, cheep, chime, clack, clank, clap, clatter, clink, cluck, clunk, c…
Oral Retelling: The Big Secret
Oral Retelling Header Sometimes I feel like a broken record when it comes to the disconnect between comprehension strategy instruction and comprehension strategy assessment...why is it that we continue to model and teach before AND during reading strategies when teaching reading, yet continually assess children's comprehension AFTER only? I just don't get it! The EOG is a reading test where we ask students to read a passage and answer multiple choice questions after reading and a running…
Master List of Words to Describe Voices
Hey friends! A month or so ago, a reader named Katy told me that she was finding my book Master Lists for Writers “brilliant with helping me not overthinking about specifics.” Yay! She asked if I h…
How to Revise for Structure, Part Two
Last time, we discussed Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat craft book and how we can use his writing tools to revise our work. His beat sheet points out when story events (beats) should occur in a screenplay, and most of his advice applies to all forms of fiction writing. Whether we dig into the structure of our stories […]
How to Use Index Cards to Outline Your Book
So, I haven’t posted in quite a while. I do have a few good reasons though. I’ve been busy with my photography blog, A Moment to Capture, posting photos and looking for opportunities to…
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How to Use the "Save the Cat" Beat Sheet for Revisions
Before I start, thank you to everyone who commented, tweeted, and emailed me with support after my last post about losing my cat. You all have filled me with virtual hugs and put a smile on my face. Thank you. *hugs back* In fact, after writing that post and reading your notes, I was feeling good […]
Character Notebooking Pages
A notetaking page outlining the different types of characters -- protagonist, antagonist, major, minor, flat, round, static, and dynamic. Use this free printable for defining the types of characters or for listing such characters from a work of fiction.
Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 12: The Third Plot Point - Helping Writers Become Authors
If you had pick the single most important moment in characters arcs, what would it be? The Third Plot Point, you say? Well, you’d be right.