Pixar Story Rules

From Pixar story artist Emma Coats, tweeted over the course of a month and a half. Guidelines that she learned from her more senior colleagues on how to create appealing stories. Reproduced here so that they don’t need to be searched for again 🙂 #1: You admire a character for trying more than for their successes. […]

Location, Location, Location

 A French novel, from a mainstream author, fell into my hands. Although I had no problems with the vocabulary, the writer started the scenes without providing any idea of the environment where the action took place. To make it worse, he or she did not identify who was speaking. I wasn’t even sure if the character was male or […]

The Writing Process

(The Writing Process. My apologies, Dr. Seuss) I can write in a car, I can write by a fire, I can write in a boat, I can write on a float. I can write on a table, I can write when I’m able; I can write anywhere. Among the questions writers torture themselves with are whether we should write […]

Scenes, Stages, and Representations

In real life, over-reacting is not kosher. “Don’t make a scene” — we often say whenever things get too emotional. As writers, though, we have to create scenes both off and on paper and root lots of emotions there. In narrative writing, think in terms of scenes like scriptwriters do. While writing, they use location, set, props, movement and characters. […]

First self-publishing MA offers DIY education

University of Central Lancashire will coach students to make the most of their manuscripts Alison Flood theguardian.com, Wednesday 5 February 2014 11.38 GMT The University of Central Lancashire has announced the launch of what it describes as the world’s first degree in self-publishing. The MA will begin in September, and course leader Debbie Williams believes […]

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