You may have noticed the message at the bottom of my previous article, inviting you to submit any story questions you’d like me to answer.
Is there a way to find an original motivation that is also strong enough for an adventure story? I want to avoid clichés: avenging a dead parent; seeking a treasure; winning the love of a prince.
Do you have any advice for people who are good at ideas, plots and dialogue bits but not so good at getting into the heads of their characters?
I’m two months away from getting my BA in Creative Writing for Entertainment. Throughout the two and half years in this program…
I find that the only reason to write TV specs these days is for the TV writing programs/fellowships. Otherwise, they rarely serve a purpose.
My previous article, “Don’t Summarize!” had one of the strongest reactions of any I’ve done. I got lots of positive comments.
Q: I have a structure question that pertains to my notes from your Story Mastery seminar, and from your video with Chris Vogler, The Hero’s Two Journeys.
This is a letter from a 15-year old who wants to become a screenwriter, but who wonders how – or even if – she should begin pursuing this dream.
Q: I’m from India, and I want to know why we don’t see low budget Indian movies where the protagonist has a CLEAR & VISIBLE goal.
Q: I really enjoy your seminars and writings on story, but I’m still wrestling with this issue: Should the needs and wants of my protagonist arise from the circumstances of the story?