# Style & Substance

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

The Debate: Structure vs. Voice

The Debate: Structure vs. Voice

When Spike Scarberry threw down the gauntlet, insisting structure was more important than voice, Karin Partin Wells raised her hand to battle in a public debate.

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12 min read

Writing Explosive Dialogue

Writing Explosive Dialogue

This is so important to writing good dialogue that it deserves to be on a card on your bulletin board … or at least in caps on its own line.

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5 min read

The Best Screenplay - "Drive My Car"

The Best Screenplay - "Drive My Car"

It’s a bumpy journey, full of twists and turns that you won’t see coming, but the last thing you should do is stop.

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4 min read

What Makes a Script Great?

What Makes a Script Great?

It’s as if people sometimes don’t have any idea what they’re doing, and yet they firmly believe that they do.

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6 min read

Surveying the Limitations of Rebooted Franchises

Surveying the Limitations of Rebooted Franchises

By sanding off the edges, these new versions wholly sacrificed most of the fun and audacity that made the originals so popular in the first place.

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4 min read

You've Got to Earn It

You've Got to Earn It

Does the benefit of moving the cathartic moment up, hooking the audience, outweigh the emotion that will come if you steel your nerves and wait?

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4 min read

Why Failure is Always the Best Teacher

Why Failure is Always the Best Teacher

It’s in human nature to dread pain and failure.

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4 min read

From Farthest to Nearest: Writing Hitchcock Style

From Farthest to Nearest: Writing Hitchcock Style

The classics are classics for a reason, and they’re always there to lean on to learn new techniques hidden in their brilliance.

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7 min read

Praise for the Unlikeable Character

Praise for the Unlikeable Character

I started to question my writing abilities, and indeed, my standing as a human being. Why was I drawn to these unlikeable people?

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3 min read

Should You Try Different Things in the Arts?

Should You Try Different Things in the Arts?

An age-old question hesitant creatives have asked for millenia—to explore new disciplines in the hopes of finding your niche—finally has a definitive answer ...

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1 min read

The Unfathomable Psychological Terror of Writing What You Know

The Unfathomable Psychological Terror of Writing What You Know

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about this world is that who you are and who people want you to be aren’t the same thing.

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7 min read

How Can a Static Protagonist Compel an Audience?

How Can a Static Protagonist Compel an Audience?

Michael Corleone. Ferris Bueller. Beatrix Kiddo. John Wick. What do these four famous film characters have in common, other than that they all hail from classic movies?

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4 min read

The Maid in All of Us

The Maid in All of Us

What Netflix's "Maid" says about America, right now, lends it the overall edge that it possesses in nearly every moment of its being.

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5 min read

Writing a Truly Great Mystery

Writing a Truly Great Mystery

Is anything harder in the world of fictional storytelling than coming up with an ending to a mystery that no one sees coming?

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4 min read

Gutter Talk: Graphic Novel Technique for Screenwriters

Gutter Talk: Graphic Novel Technique for Screenwriters

A good writer pushes the reader to draw on their common experiences and fill in as much story as is logically possible while they’re in the gutter.

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5 min read
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