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

The Truth Behind The Myth

The Truth Behind The Myth

Myths can conveniently be dismissed as apocryphal tales grounded anywhere from the absence of truth to the indisputable fact. They typically track a hero (real or imaginary) with a human element that helps us explore and more fully understand our roots, our evolution, our societal progress, and perhaps most importantly, our purpose in the world […]

 Jim

How To Write Stronger, More Dramatic TV Shows

How To Write Stronger, More Dramatic TV Shows

The Golden Age of Television shows no signs of abating. We are spoiled for choice on which TV show to watch or which iconic character to invest our time with. Television allows writers to create a limited series comprising a few episodes or a long-running show which spans many seasons. TV writers may have a […]

 Barbara Seymour Giordano

Telling Your Story In A One Minute Pitch

Telling Your Story In A One Minute Pitch

As screenwriting consultant and author Robert McKee once said, “If the story you’re telling, is the story you’re telling, you’re in deep sh*t.” What McKee means is, if your story is just a series of occurrences or a set of strung together facts, then the odds are high that your tale isn’t audience worthy.  The […]