# Style & Substance

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

Where is the Love?

Where is the Love?

The worst of mankind is more sellable to the American public than the best, it would seem, so anyone attempting to tell a tale of romance is up against a burgeoning trend of nastiness.

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5 min read

The Queue: 365 Movies I Never Saw Because I've Spent Too Much Time on Twitter - Part I (January 2023)

The Queue: 365 Movies I Never Saw Because I've Spent Too Much Time on Twitter - Part I (January 2023)

I apologize for nothing.

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4 min read

Not Based on True Events: Historical Inaccuracy in Hollywood

Not Based on True Events: Historical Inaccuracy in Hollywood

Hollywood exists for entertainment, and this often means facts get fudged in the name of keeping the crowd interested.

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5 min read

Synesthesia: The Strangely Normal Way of Seeing the World

Synesthesia: The Strangely Normal Way of Seeing the World

Francesca Brigandy’s synesthesia allows her to visualize sounds as colors when listening to music, giving her a unique polychrome perspective.

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4 min read

NEVER, EVER DO THIS: Gentle Advice for Eager Writers (Part 3)

NEVER, EVER DO THIS: Gentle Advice for Eager Writers (Part 3)

Five more tips on how to not annoy your reader shall be yours. But listen well, because I'm only going to say this once ...

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7 min read

Something Writers Can Look Forward To ... No One Knows Anything

Something Writers Can Look Forward To ... No One Knows Anything

Nothing is certain, so why not take the risk and be as bold or unusual or as personal as we want to be in whatever we are creating?

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5 min read

Why is Hollywood Ditching Its Rule of "Show, Don't Tell"?

Why is Hollywood Ditching Its Rule of "Show, Don't Tell"?

Have we gotten to the point where we need our hands held so continually?

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5 min read

What is a Superhero?

What is a Superhero?

With so many superhero shows and movies out now, what is a superhero, really? Are vampire, spy, space alien, and wizard stories all just sub-genres within the superhero genre?

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6 min read

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
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