Character Creation: Planting the Seed

Real life is full of characters, and no matter how ordinary a person may seem, he or she still has a story. But what makes a story stick rarely rests on plot devices, theme, or situation alone. In most cases, a story is only as good as it’s character. Hannibal...
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Exploring Hollywood’s Fascination with Elmore Leonard

In a career that spans over sixty years, Leonard’s first story was “Trail of the Apache,” which he sold to the magazine Argosy for one thousand dollars. Throughout his long career, he published forty-five novels, penned four original screenplays and a produced countless number of short stories and essays. Having...
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Story Development: Three Keys

Before You Begin Once you examine the Write What You Live, Learn, and Love trifecta, it’s important to be conscious of three fundamental keys before you begin story development:  Understand the Rules of Your Genre Write to Audience Expectations Apply Originality Embrace Your Genre If you're writing a screenplay, most probably it's...
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