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Author: Craig

| Posted in 30fps, Chaos
novel writing tips

When writing a long form piece like a novel or a feature screenplay, it is helpful to employ a mechanical approach to building out your story. A detailed plan is like a skeleton. Once all the bones are in place, you can release your creative side and flesh out the skeleton with unbridled character, description, and voice without having to think about where your story will wander next. Act II in your 3-act breakdown is perhaps the most mechanical part of the story building process.


| Posted in 30fps, Chaos
novel writing tips

Now that you have established a great foundation of conflict for your story, it’s time to put the finishing touches on act 1 of your 3-act breakdown. I love this phase of the process because I get to see the story bloom like a flower.

During this exercise, you will be forced to explore the feasibility of your story. You will have to face plot problems head on and work them out. You will discover nuances to your story that you haven’t yet considered. You will open new characters and log them into your character document. You will give yourself research assignments.


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“Anyone can be a millionaire, but to become a billionaire you need an astrologer.” That’s what J.P. Morgan, early 19th century billionaire, said about the stars. The Mayan’s might have agreed. But more important to becoming a billionaire, the Mayans concerned themselves with creating an extremely accurate calendar that could not only tell time by studying the movements of heavenly bodies, it could tell the future.

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| Posted in 30fps, Chaos
novel writing tips

novel writing tips

Get ready to roll up your sleeves; its time to put some real elbow grease into your story structure. By now you have a good idea of what your story is going to be. You have probably been working on it in your head even when you are away from your word processor. The more you think about your story, the quicker you will find ways to add twists and turns to the plot and nuances to the characters. But it is essential to put your ideas down on paper.


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You can rock climb right now; I’m serious. Though rock climbing is considered a high-risk sport, the truth is, as far as extreme sports are considered, rock climbing is a pussycat. Hitting the cliffs is not just for the adrenaline enthused hard-core thrill seeker. Anyone can get into the sport on a modest budget and with minimal experience.

You can rock climb right now; I’m serious. Though rock climbing is considered a high-risk sport, the truth is, as far as extreme sports are considered, rock climbing is a pussycat. Hitting the cliffs is not just for the adrenaline enthused hard-core thrill seeker. Anyone can get into the sport on a modest budget and with minimal experience.


| Posted in 30fps
novel writing tips

Write what you know: It’s an old mantra that writers hear all the time from keynote speakers at writing conferences. Although it is important for you to write within the spectrum of your experience, it is also important to write a compelling story that convinces readers of the legitimacy of setting, feasibility, and character sincerity.


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Dear Santa, All praise is due to Allah, who built the heavens and earth in justice, and created man as a favor and grace from Him. I begin by discussing the state of my endeavors for world peace. According to the Qur’an, it has fallen to me, a true worshiper of God and follower of […]


| Posted in 30fps, Chaos

By now you have a living story in your head. It’s scratching and clawing from the inside, trying to get out. To this point, you have barely dipped your pen in the inkwell by writing a logline and theme. You have started to organize your approach by putting together a story canon. It’s now time to craft a story skeleton upon which you can later hang all of the necessary organs and flesh (in some cases quite a gory endeavor). Time to add to your treatment document.


| Posted in 30fps, Chaos

Living as a writer, whether you are published or not, has many perks. The greatest of which, in my opinion, is the constant and unstoppable parade of stories in your head. Now that you have reached the point where you have written a logline and followed up with theme, the creative energy is undoubtedly sparking. You find yourself thinking about your story often. You can’t help it. You can be anywhere, doing anything, and your story comes to mind. Your characters speak to you (hopefully you don’t converse with them—audibly at least). The plot of your story begins to roll out on the floor of your imagination like a tapestry of color and intersecting lines. You smell what your characters smell; you see what your characters see; you sympathize with their pain and revel in their triumphs.


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With the November’s election, the 2-year-old practice of reaching into the not-so-deep grassroots pockets of America and handing out steady lumps of cash to special interests and Hollywood style political endeavors seems to have whipsawed on he who holds the nation’s checkbook. However, if one has learned anything from watching politics carve its mark in the cranium of America, one is prompted to recall, even in the face of a perceived shift of power—Democrat to Republican–the words of Pete Townsend, “Meet the new boss, the same as the old boss.” I propose that there is a third boss worth considering.


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