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Writing Process – It Takes Two Ideas – Part 2

Writing Process – It Takes Two Ideas – Part 2

In the writing process, it takes two ideas--rubbing against one another--to make a satisfying premise. In this post, I'm going to give a real-world example. I don’t know George R. R. Martin, and I would not presume to speak for him. I am, however, willing to speculate...

Writing Process – It Takes Two Ideas

Writing Process – It Takes Two Ideas

One idea isn’t enough. In the writing and ideation process, it takes two ideas rubbing against one another. If you’re doing fiction, you need two or more concepts in order to have a viable premise. But they can’t be just any old concepts. Preferably, they should be...

Honoring Premise in Fiction Writing

Honoring Premise in Fiction Writing

I’ve written three essays on plot, all of which can be found on this website. In the first installment, I gave my definition of the term “premise”, and it goes a little something like this: “…it is the springboard or gist upon which a plot can be built. It’s the true...

The Process of Plotting Fiction – 3

The Process of Plotting Fiction – 3

Part 2 in the series. There’s an old axiom: “drama is conflict”. One more time, let's get into the process of plotting fiction--this time with an eye toward drama's chief component. Without conflict, you have two guys in an empty room with nothing interesting to say...

The Process of Plotting Fiction – 2

The Process of Plotting Fiction – 2

Part 1 in the series. I’ve concluded that plotting for plot’s sake is a mathematical exercise doomed to yield soulless results. Join me now in part two of my series on the process of plotting fiction. Starting with plot and ending with plot isn’t storytelling, it’s...

The Process of Plotting Fiction – 1

The Process of Plotting Fiction – 1

I have a mental/emotional block when it comes to hashing out plot. I take some comfort in knowing I'm not alone in this, but I've decided that it’s time to address the problem directly. Let's talk about the process of plotting fiction. Here's a window into my...

Hollywood Doesn’t Respect Screenwriters

Hollywood Doesn’t Respect Screenwriters

Listen up. This is important: Hollywood doesn't respect screenwriters. Like at all. There’s a test people apply to movies and television called the Bechdel Test. Here’s the gist from Wikipedia: “The Bechdel test asks whether a work of fiction features at least two...

Screenwriting Failure – Check for Originality

Screenwriting Failure – Check for Originality

I’ve already talked about my Lost Weekend away from screenwriting. In a nutshell, I choked and sank into a deep depression, unable to produce a word for months. This time I want to talk about something more practical. I can sum it up with a cliche: “Check yourself...

Learn From My Screenwriting Failures

Learn From My Screenwriting Failures

A while back, I self-published a novella called The Summit to the Amazon Kindle. The story’s about an alien invasion of Las Vegas in 1962. Who was there in 1962 to repel the forces of evil? That’s right, the Rat Pack. Sinatra, Martin, and Davis Jr. save the day — with...