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Weekend Writing Inspiration: 7 Simple Strategies to Stay Productive & Take Care of Your Mental Health

Writers around the world are writing under quarantine in solitary conditions that might not seem like anything out of the ordinary. In fact, many writers even prefer working alone (unless you’re accustomed to writing in a TV room and miss it), so wha...

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Weekend Writing Inspiration: GMC — Your Secret Weapon for Story Conflict and Character Development

A few weeks ago, we covered methods to try when your plot rocks, but your characters fall flat. Today, we delve into another useful tool for getting clear on your characters and their motivation with GMC: Goals, Motivation, and Conflict. I was first ...

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Weekend Writing Inspiration: 5 Ways You Can Tell It’s Time To Stop Developing & Start Writing Pages

When is it time to stop developing your story and start writing actual pages? If you’re a writer who plots, plans and designs your scripts in advance, at some point you may ask yourself, “How do I know when I’m ready to start writing?”

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Weekend Writing Inspiration: 5 Steps to Take When Your Plot Rocks But Your Characters Fall Flat

A few weeks ago, I wrote about what to do when your writing strengths lie with character, but your plot and structure skills aren’t as strong. Today, we’re tackling what to do when your plot and structure skills are strong, but you struggle with maki...

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7 Tech Tools to Set You Up For Success While Working (and Writing!) From Home

Working from home (along with an extra side of existential dread) appears to be the new norm for the next while, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. Even if we’ve written at home for years, now we might also be wrangling kids 24/7, plus our lives and...

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Weekend Writing Inspiration: 7 Steps to Improve Your Plotting Work & Make Your Characters Shine

What should you do when your writing strengths lie with character but not with structure? When your dialogue sparkles and your characters walk off the page but you struggle with plot points and story structure, it’s hard to know what to do to right t...

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5 Ways to Use Theme to Transcend Your Knottiest Story Problems

Author and screenwriter Steven Pressfield in his short book, “What Is Your Story About? The Centrality of Theme in the Creative Process”, relates a tale of an agent reading five hundred screenplays over the course of a year and not finding a single w...

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Weekend Writing Inspiration: Reboot Your Writing Habit

Habit building and maintaining is a continuing journey, one which requires refinement and up-leveling over time. As Charles Duhigg wrote in The Power of Habit, “...once you understand that habits can change, you have the freedom—and the responsibilit...

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Weekend Writing Inspiration: Five Steps to Crafting Your 2020 Screenwriting Vision

Even with the new year already well upon us, it’s not too late to craft your screenwriting vision for 2020 and beyond.

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