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How to Analyze a Scene

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  Scenes are the basic building blocks of story, so knowing how to write them is vital. The only way to master this skill is through study and application; study scenes that others have written then apply what you’ve learned to your own work. Scene analysis is not a sexy concept, I’ll grant you that…. Read more »

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How to Launch a Scene

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If you Google “great first lines in literature” you’ll get page after page of top-100 and top-50 blog posts citing “Call me Ishmael” and “It is a truth universally acknowledged…” Some of these articles go on to analyze what makes certain opening lines classic or great, and offer tips to writers on this daunting topic…. Read more »

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Editor Roundtable: Rocky

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  This week Leslie goes fifteen rounds in the ring arguing that tough guy Rocky is a Virgin’s Promise story at heart, while the opposition brings some heavyweight counterarguments. This 1976 Best Picture was directed by John Avidsen from star Sylvester Stallone’s Oscar nominated script.   The Story Leslie – Let’s start with Rocky’s Beginning… Read more »

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Writing Groups Might Be Terrible

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…but you probably need one Does this sound familiar? You’re in the hot seat. Your scene is in the hands of five fellow writers, and it’s your turn to be critiqued. “This whole page seems like a lot of throat-clearing to me,” Jack says. “I’m sorry?” you say. “‘Throat clearing’? What does—” Lucy, the group’s… Read more »

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