Craft

the theory and practise of screenwriting

 Jeffrey Morales

4 Common Comedy Missteps

4 Common Comedy Missteps

Even seasoned screenwriters can struggle when venturing into comedy for the first time. Unlike drama, comedy has additional structures and considerations that have to be understood for the work to succeed. Humor is what makes you laugh, while comedy must be linked to a situation, context or character. Here are some common missteps writers make […]

 Jeffrey Kitchen

Colliding Two Story Ideas Together To Make One Great One

Colliding Two Story Ideas Together To Make One Great One

The quest for a great story involves chewing through hundreds of ideas trying to find one with that magic something. And not only do you have to find an idea, but you have to evaluate its power because the ability to tell gold from fool’s gold is crucial to having a sustained screenwriting career. Wasting […]

 Jim

10 Ways To Write Nail-Biting Cliffhangers

10 Ways To Write Nail-Biting Cliffhangers

A complete or closed story has a logical ending and satisfying resolution. Once this loop is disrupted, it creates a cliffhanger which piques the audience’s interest and curiosity to continue watching. Cliffhangers are literary devices used to build audience suspense and engage them to keep watching after a commercial break or an episode of television […]

 Jim

Creating Tension To Make Your Readers Notice

Creating Tension To Make Your Readers Notice

Tension is the strained feeling associated with uncertainty of a situation or physical stress. It is created by an uncertainty that something bad might happen. It puts the audience on edge as they anticipate whether the danger will play out or not, or whether it will be as dangerous as they anticipated if it does. […]

 Jordan Trippeer

Exploring Female Character Archetypes – The Maiden

Exploring Female Character Archetypes – The Maiden
This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Female Archetypes

At long last we come to the final of the four major female archetypes – the Maiden. The Maiden is lamented and resented by some and worshipped and fetishized by others. Traditionally defined as an unmarried woman, she is young, naïve, free-spirited and untainted by the world, the Maiden represents the innocence, independence, and individuality […]

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