Elements of Style

Narrative is a different kind of prose. It’s not journalism, and it has to render rather than report. O Tempora, o Mores,  what is accepted today as good narrative prose is different from books and novels of the past. Flowery prose, pedantic descriptions, passive voices that were part of the accepted narrative styles of even half a […]

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. […]

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. […]

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