1. Creating Dramatic Structure with Story Mapping Software

    If you are just starting your journey as a storyteller, creative writer, or screenplay writer, you may not know about some of the many different techniques that can be used to your advantage when crafting an engaging story. While some writers use story mapping in a frantic and chaotic fashion, the e…Read More

  2. Dramatic Structure Explained with Freytag’s Pyramid

    Behind every great story lies Freytag’s pyramid, a dramatic arc that is used to formulate engaging plot lines while developing character personalities throughout said story. Freytag’s pyramid is essential when trying to create a compelling story, as it effectively outlines the five major compone…Read More

  3. Dracula Sucks

    [OR HOW THE HARTCHART WAS BORN OUT OF A CREATIVE CRISIS] 1992. I get a phone call at midnight in NYC. It is Francis Coppola. He has been in post production on Dracula for several months and it is not going well. Another disastrous preview has the studio on edge. He asks [politely commands] me to get…Read More

  4. The 7 Rules of Tackling Adaptations

    This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational events, screenwriting competitions and the annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship program, connecting screenwriters with agents, managers and Ho…Read More

  5. Writer as Job Creator

    The term “job creator” has been, perhaps, overused by our elected officials to convince the electorate that such alchemy exists and that these candidates for elected office know the secret formula to make it so. I say I am a job creator, therefore I am. Let me say that with conviction. I am a jo…Read More