# Style & Substance

A new spin on the art of craft—without the buzzy, cliché keywords.

Q&A: Formatting Series—Multi-Functional Monologues

Q&A: Formatting Series—Multi-Functional Monologues

An expertly crafted monologue can absolutely be an asset in your narrative toolbox, you just need to know how to wield it.

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2 min read

The Orgasm Box: A New Universal Model for Storytelling

The Orgasm Box: A New Universal Model for Storytelling

It’s time for a new model ... a model that truly captures the essence of every story; a model with guts and heart and sex appeal and bitchin’ VFX!

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10 min read

How to Write an Ensemble Movie Script

How to Write an Ensemble Movie Script

An ensemble movie and its script must recognize why such an ensemble is needed and what’s at stake in such a story.

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6 min read

Evolution of a Writing Style

Evolution of a Writing Style

While genre might have a small place in defining a writer’s voice, there are so many other aspects that add to it.

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5 min read

Q&A: Do Not Neglect the Use of SOUNDS

Q&A: Do Not Neglect the Use of SOUNDS

If the backdoor suddenly SQUEAKS open and our protagonist turns around, but no one is there …

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1 min read

The Agony and Ecstasy of Switching Genres

The Agony and Ecstasy of Switching Genres

I had preconceived notions about the genre, most of which were rather unfair.

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4 min read

Skip the Vomit. Make a Plan.

Skip the Vomit. Make a Plan.

It’s gonna take far more than a “polish” to hammer this pile of steaming vomit into any kind of recognizable shape.

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5 min read

Do Dark Times Call for Dark Stories

Do Dark Times Call for Dark Stories

We can’t recognize escapism any more when hard truths are staring back at us every morning in the mirror.

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5 min read

Q&A: I Wrote a Screenplay ... Now What?

Q&A: I Wrote a Screenplay ... Now What?

I’m excited for you, believe me, but hold up a second here and let’s have a little talk.

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6 min read

The Right Name

The Right Name

They’re the reasons Luke and Darth felt right ... So where do you find these potentially script-worthy names?

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6 min read

S.S. Rajamouli and the Epic Power of Fun

S.S. Rajamouli and the Epic Power of Fun

When was the last time you had fun—real fun—at the movies? Beginning-to-end, clapping at the screen, whooping along with the audience, goosebump-raising FUN.

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4 min read

When Endings Go Bad

When Endings Go Bad

Sticking the landing of a script is tricky. It can’t be too predictable, yet it needs to feel wholly appropriate, justifiable, and even inevitable in its way.

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5 min read

Making More of Metaphors

Making More of Metaphors

One has to hand it to a show like Severance as it’s not only chock full of metaphors about the dumbing down of America and the corruption of information sharing, but it's doing so on a platform run by those they are critiquing.

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5 min read

Friendship and an Accidental Obsession with Jane Austen

Friendship and an Accidental Obsession with Jane Austen

Without me even realizing, Emma Thompson had been guiding my ship the moment I put pen to paper. I couldn’t ask for a better teacher.

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6 min read

What You Should Know Before You "Write What You Know"

What You Should Know Before You "Write What You Know"

An excess of emotions can also mean that your ability to think clearly and logically about your script is impaired.

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7 min read
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