Dramatic tension, a tool for creating strong plots and improving weak plots

Why caring about dramatic tension? Writing a story without a deep meaning, without highlights, emotionally flat, structurally muddled, with weak and incoherent characters, is very easy: juste take a sheet of paper, write anything, without plan or preparation, and voila, it is ready – good for the trash most of the time. But writing a …

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Screenwriting software and assistance in writing novels, scripts, etc.

Writing stories is a rather complex task that requires to process and store a lot of information: summaries of plots and sets of characters, notes on the space and time, the themes, the values, dialogues, style, redacted parts etc. The authors therefore encounter a problem with the organization of work. Fortunately there are a number of screenwriting and writing assistance softwares, either specialized or underhand. To manage a …

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Story, by Robert McKee

Story, by Robert McKee A seminar, then a book In 1984, Robert McKee began teaching storytelling in a seminar called Story at the University of South California. In the decades that followed, he offered his teaching in the form of a 3-day seminar in many cities of the world: Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Sydney, …

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Creating Unforgettable Characters, by Linda Seger

Creating Unforgettable Characters The “script doctor” Linda Seger published in 1990 a book entitled Creating Unforgettable Characters, with this subtitle: “A Practical Guide to Character Development in Films, TV Series, Advertisements, Novels & Short Stories“. Linda Seger has notably worked as a consultant for many films and series (such as McGiver and The Bridge), and has seen thousands of …

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The Writer’s Journey, by Christopher Vogler

Genesis of the Writer’s Journey, by Christopher Vogler Subtitled “Mythic Structure for Writers“, Christopher Vogler’s Writer’s Journey presents itself as a sort of universal recipe for generating storylines. Screenwriter for Hollywood, Christopher Vogler says he was strongly inspired by reading Joseph Campbell’s book, The Hero With a Thousand Faces. Christopher Vogler made a sort of …

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