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How to Write a Fantastic Plot Twist

Psycho. Get Out. The Usual Suspects. The Sixth Sense. These are all examples of movies with some of the greatest plot twists of all time. Let’s face it – you might not remember every scene of these films, but you definitely know the plot twist that m...

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How to Make Your Characters Sound Different on the Page

If you were to take a scene for your latest screenplay, remove the names and read it out loud, would you know which characters were saying which lines? Or do they all kind of sound the same?

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The Bricks of Breaking In: Kung Fu Writer Richard Lowe On The Power of Persistence

Kung Fu’s Richard Lowe didn’t come from a family of storytellers. His parents had their own business and conversations around the dinner table rose out of newspaper articles that Lowe’s mom clipped from the local paper. Although Lowe didn’t really ma...

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7 Accounts To Follow On TikTok For Screenwriters

Need some bite-size storytelling inspiration? These TikTok accounts are great for aspiring, working, and professional screenwriters who want to continue to grow, get insight into the nitty gritty details of the craft and business, and get motivation ...

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What Kind of Writer Are You? Plotters, Pantsers and Plantsers

Every writer has their own style when it comes to finding inspiration for a story, plotting out the beginning, middle and end, then sitting down and actually writing it (the hard part!). There are three fun terms used in the writing community to iden...

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Write Like It’s the Last Thing You’ll Ever Write!

Writing like it’s the last thing you’ll ever write might sound overdramatic to some people, but writing is all about having the right mindset.

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What is a Plot Twist?

Warning: There are plot twist movie spoilers in this article. A great movie employs a number of ways to hook an audience and keep them emotionally invested in the story for the duration of the film. Sometimes it’s a greatly empathetic character, like...

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What’s the Best Music to Write To?

Many writers, myself included, write to music for several reasons.

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Two-Time Big Break Quarterfinalist Finds Success with LGBTQIA-Affirming Webseries

Life is good for writer, producer and actor Frank Arthur Smith. He’s engaged to be married to the love of his life, Matt Hartman; has a supremely organized apartment, thanks to appearing in an episode of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo; he’s had two scri...

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