Storywriting course: follow along


#61

thanks for these.

I’m actually writting a few things for short films this year. What about format? how do you format a screenplay?

enqore


#62

Hi, and I apologize directly for not having the lesson ready.

But I have a good excuse, I became sick and therefore am very bad at thinking at the moment… since all the energy goes to mending my body. I trust it isn’t too serious and hope to regain my health before the week is over.

thedoc: thanks for your interest and reply. As stated I am not in a fit state to directly answer in great dept but I will as soon as I get a little better. In all honesty I have to admit I haven’t written a complete screenplay (I started one for a comic once) But luckily I have seen my share of scripts and screenplays so I think I can answer your question as to how others do it and based upon that, how I would do it.

Cheers! and stay tuned!


#63

Hey man thanks for this Thread! I read your first posts and just from that I have become inspired to write some sort of story, just to see If I have it in me.

Hope you are feeling better,

Nate


#64

Great!! Looking forward ! :thumbsup:


#65

[b]Advice & Tips From Pro Screenwriters & Industry Insiders

[/b]Mr. JayVee’s (Jim Vines) The Working Screenwriter website is worth a look, go take a peek at the Q&A article and FATAL FLAWS.

Visit screenwriter Bill Martell’s Script Secrets site every day to soak up Bill’s screenwriting tips. Take a look at the various links to his classes, seminars, CDs, blue books, etc. Bill has also made many of his produced scripts available for educational purposes.

Award winning screenwriters Terry Rossio & Ted Elliot offer great advice on their Wordplay site, check out their Columns.

Another site that comes highly recommended by users is Chris Lockhart’s TwoAdverbs which offers industry insider information and much more. Y’all might find Chris’s The Construction of a Logline article especially interesting.

Screenwriter John August has a ton of useful information about screenwriting on his site including scripts, outlines and beat sheets:
http://johnaugust.com/downloads
“The best way to learn screenwriting is read a bunch of scripts”
How to write a scene: http://johnaugust.com/archives/2007/write-scene
How to introduce a character: http://johnaugust.com/archives/2007/…duce-character
How to write dialogue: http://johnaugust.com/archives/2007/…write-dialogue
…and many more excellent articles.

Phil Gladwin, London updated: 1 Nov 2007
“I’m a pro screenwriter and editor, been in the industry 12 years now, and I’ve got a blog going on. The most recent articles are a Final Draft giveaway to the most prolific commenter over the next month, reviews of Control and The Counterfeiters, and an account of where I got the initial ideas for the episodes of the Sarah Adventures, a Doctor Who spinoff show that is going out this next Monday on BBC1.”
http://www.screenwritinggoldmine.com/blog


Screenplays & Transcripts

Go to the following sites to download free-for-educational-purposes screenplays. Pick your top 20 favorite movies, read the scripts and discover how the words translated to the images and dialogue you loved! The answers to many basic “how do I…?” questions can be found by reading scripts!

http://www.imsdb.com
http://www.script-o-rama.com
http://www.simplyscripts.com movie scripts
http://www.simplyscripts.com TV scripts
http://www.dailyscript.com
http://www.iscriptdb.com
http://www.scifiscripts.com/

http://www.twiztv.com hosts transcripts from many current and past/cancelled TV shows, if you’re wanting to polish up your dialogue. Here are just some sample links:

http://www.twiztv.com/scripts/buffy/
http://www.twiztv.com/scripts/angel/
http://www.twiztv.com/scripts/battlestar/
http://www.twiztv.com/scripts/firefly/
http://www.twiztv.com/scripts/oc/
http://www.twiztv.com/scripts/gilmoregirls/
http://www.twiztv.com/scripts/trucalling/
http://www.twiztv.com/scripts/charmed/


Screenplay format guides

“A Few Notes on Formatting” - Nicholl Fellowships guide:
http://www.oscars.org/nicholl/format.html

Samples from BBC Writersroom:
formats.shtml
screenplay.pdf

A Google search on “screenplay format” will list a whole bunch of other examples. Screenwriting packages pretty much handle formatting for you, check out the Screenwriting software links below.


Screenwriting software

If you’re a Microsoft Word user, FREE screenwriting templates are available here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/scriptsmart/

Celtx - fully functional screenwriting application, recommended by several members. FREE.

Page 2 Stage is now free! See message #8 further down this thread.

The Rough Draft word processor has a screenwriting mode that’s not bad once you get used to it, but may not be as intuitive as other software written specifically for screenwriters (that’s my opinion). Rough Draft is donationware – if you use it and like it, you’re invited to make a donation to the author.

There’s also Cinergy Script Editor from Mindstar Productions. FREE.
(Needs high-speed link to avoid server time-out)

You can download trial versions for the following industry standard products, each of which will go some way to teaching you correct format. Also take some time to read their onboard help panels and tutorials. Note that save/export/copy functions may be limited, printed pages may have a TRIAL VERSION watermark, etc. Other than that, they’re useable. Start saving your pennies now! If you’re a student, you could be entitled to discounted software.

Movie Magic
Downloadable demo allows you to work with a script but then locks the script. Copy/paste disabled.

Final Draft
Downloadable demo allows you to edit/save up to 15 pages.

Sophocles

There’s also Movie Magic’s cheaper little cousin,
Hollywood Screenwriter

Added 14 Sept 07 -
SceneWriterPro
$19.99 special offer price at time of editing.
Downloadable demo won’t save or copy/paste.
Slightly unusual “write one scene at a time” interface takes a moment to get used to.
Extensive tutorial.

Added 3 Jan 08:
An alternative MS Word template:
ScreenPro, the 5-Star-Rated Shareware Screenplay Template for Microsoft Word 97/Word 2000/Word 2002/XP/Word 2003 for Windows.
http://www.passarella.com/screenpro/
“The shareware version of ScreenPro is fully functional, but does include reminders asking you to buy the registered version if you appreciate ScreenPro’s benefits.”


#66

Hi,

TheDoc or anyone RE: Q’s formatting scripts:
check out the web sites in my previous post.
If you still have any Q’s you can PM me or email me.

Thanks
Kev


#67

Lesson 11: wordchoice or is a synonym synonymous?

Hello all and welcome to the first lesson in the new year. I am back at full health but had a DnD night yesterday… had written a nice story about the Sargasso sea monster :slight_smile:
But since that is over I wrote the second part of the lesson!
Enjoy!

I found it necessary to do a lesson about purely text things again so that is why I wanted to talk about word choices you make while writing.

I gather that most of you have read a poem once in your life, if only during school language classes and I would probably be correct if most of you have even wrote a poem yourself once in your life.
The reason I bring this up is because poems are the most dependent on word choice. NOt only because they rhyme in some cases but also because you have usually only limited space or are constrained by a pre-arranged form, and therefore every choice of a word is important.

However the poetry form which is most sensitive to choices you find in the Chinese and Japanese culture . They take it even further to a form that is so completely bare that each syllable has to have an impact. These poems are referred to as Haiku, and consist of only 4 lines with for each line a hard number of syllables allowed, namely 5,5,7,5. And to make it even harder the first line has to include a link to the season the whole poem is set in.
Most of the great haiku are written by zen masters who try to capture a moment within those four lines. And if you go and research this you will find that a lot of the haiku’s are actually really funny, written as a joke with the final line being the punchline or stating the very obvious.

I tell you this because it is really lots of fun be creative in such an enclosed workspace, the sensation is almost puzzle like and at the same time you have so much freedom that it is dazzling what you can say in only a few lines. And besides that you train yourself to be proficient with words, not only will the correct word surface quicker but it will also be more catching the essence of what you want to say.

So Word choice, to have a choice of words… I am a big fan of the English language, I believe it has about twice or even trice as many words as my own native language and therefore makes for a lot more subtlety in writing. If you only consider this fact I find it not strange that there is almost no world famous Dutch writer.

It was about 10 years ago that I read the lord of the rings for my first time. I had found the first part, the companionship of the ring, in the back of my mothers bookcase as a Dutch translation and read it within a week. Unable to find parts two and three in the library, I looked amongst the English section and found all three volumes bound in one book. At first I started in the second part but When I was about 20 pages in I realised that it was so completely different to read the work as it was intended instead of a meagre translation that I started to read from the beginning once more, and this time I could gather almost all the subtleties and hinted background that was completely gone with the translation.
Since then I try to read as much as possible in the original language, I am no mastermind so don’t think I can read 28 languages, I cannot. But I very much prefer English translations above Dutch ones… purely because English has more words a translator can choose from.
Don’t see this a convincer to go and write in English as much as possible, don’t! Because your native tongue will always be the one you can best express your thoughts in. And even though you might have less words too choose from chances are that you still have more than enough. Remember that the Chinese, who write kanji, not letters/sounds but whole concepts at once, most of the time know only 2/3 of all the kanji available. And are not in the least less lettered then you or me.

Now you know that you have a choice I will write about how and why to choose. Some time ago we have established that everyone has a mindset and that lots of people think along the same kind of lines. Word choice is important because words mean more then they actually mean. By this I am saying that a word is like an odour, if you smell it you do not only think “hmmm, that is freshly mown grass, nice!” there is a whole base of memory induced feelings and associations with that smell. So basically words have besides their meaning other associations. And the better you are at understanding a particular language the better you are in discerning those unspoken chains of images connected to a word.

for instance think about the differences between a bottle and a flask. In my language both words are translated the same… both are containers of liquid and one could even reason that the words are synonymous for each other. But (not using the English dictionary and not being a native speaker) there are very large differences.

Have you already thought of some… the bottle is made of glass, used to pour from, contains all kinds of drinks… just to name a few. The flask is usually not made of glass and therefore more mysterious because you cannot see inside it, it contains more dangerous substances like alcohol, medicine or cleaning fluids, it is usually smaller then your average bottle and its substance it often used directly from the flask.

So if one has a character that examines a bottle or a character that examines a flask makes a huge difference in the subconscious of the reader. Only because of the associations stated earlier.

Carrying this through to objects rather then words… there is also a huge difference between a beer bottle and a wine bottle. not only in colour, size and contents, but also the small hint of romance that clings to a wine bottle which is completely absent in the beer. Also there is the mystery of red or white wine, the knowledge most good wines are foreign (hello friends from France :slight_smile: ) which adds a tone of the exotic.

Then we can extend this simple thing again and state some of the differences between an empty wine bottle and a full one. If we create two scenes one with a tray on which there is a wine bottle, a corkscrew and two glasses. And we create another scene with that same tray only this time the bottle is empty the cork sits on the corkscrew and there is only one glass and a few scattered pieces of glass. Then you already have a complete story.

When I put my Sherlock cap on and recreate what might be going on here… there is definitely a sense of romance, probably a date, and the first scene probably shows us that a someone is coming over. The second scene is more revealing but can have multiple reasons.
One, the date happened both got drunk, and one of the glasses shattered in the fire of love and alcohol.
Two, the date happened both got drunk, and a fight ensued in which one of the two threw the glass across the room
Three, the date didn’t happen, the remaining character drank the whole bottle on its on and since the other glass wasn’t needed and reminded of the loss it got smashed in anger and self-pity.

For everyone paying attention I have left the topic behind and we are in setting the scene rather then word choice alone. But as we have seen basically the same things apply. You have to think everything though to make sure everything underlines and strengthens the thing you want to bring across.

Back to words:
So in an evil, dangerous, horror tale, there is no such thing as milky white. Milk is from green meadows and happy cows so rather go for a white thing that has some more sinister background, white as bone comes to mind or like the white from an eye. and if you don’t know something sinister refrain from mentioning milky completely and go for just plain white, which could be good idea since you don’t want to overdo it with comparing things… If a strawberry red fire truck drives as if panic-stricken over the baking hot road to a fiery stone building, you get very annoyed very quickly since nothing normal happens, and the writer seems to overdo it. So not using a word is also a valid choice.

Which brings us to the main issue that is; To use all words known to you, at your best ability, to weave a web in which your audience will find their emotions will be caught. And an important point to remember here is that subtlety is very good thing, so use it as much as possible.

So if you thought it wouldn’t matter if your character wore trousers or pants. believe me it matters. Trousers has as a word a slight hint of being more decent, less worn, and more fitting to a professor than pants. Sure one is American the other British… but still both are English to me and I will use both if I can get some more information across.

Another cool thing with difference in words if for instance the difference between clevertech and clevermatic. While both quite good names for a new invention (be it a little cheesy) the first has more of a today computery type of feel and the second hints at using lots of cogwheels and maybe even a steam engine. This example is to show that not only a word can be different but also part of a word can make a huge difference to what will be happening in the brain of the reader. It basically is the same as the time difference between appearing and appeared. But now there is more going on then just time.

To finish off I just wanted to make sure you understand that these are only a few chosen examples. All words have the same kind of heritage, also in different languages, and if you sit down to actually think about what you write opening your subconscious and allowing the flow off associations to bubble up. You will see that you can very easily make the right choice, the choice that enriches your story and tells the audience just a little bit more about what is going on, was going on or will be happening.

Finally some quick scenes just to show the difference that is acquired by using different words to basically state the same. The basic scene is a man in a street while it rains. He has an umbrella.

the gentleman stood very still with his umbrella held up high, raindrops were marching towards the ground, where they found their companions and regrouped themselves storming through the gutter to launch an attack on the sewer system.

the dark stranger had his umbrella stiff upright. the umbrella was already very wet. The hot liquid gushed in large streams from the sides of the cloth surface. Large puddles where forming and slowly penetrated the soft earth beneath the smooth tiles.

within the drizzled suit, that stood on the street, there hung a man. he held his umbrella in the air, not noticing he didn’t quite fit underneath. The raindrops fell on his shoulders, some hit directly a shoulder, but a lot more slid down from the umbrella. The man shivered as a cold raindrop crept along his arm to his hand, tried to hang on to his fingers and finally being pushed over the edge by his raindrop brothers and splashing on the pavement.

the rain splattered all around the man in the white trench coat. He had a bright red rain screen in his hand that prevented the weather to touch him. In the light of the desolate electric street lantern the streaks of water almost seemed like lightning, or worms falling from the sky. one puddle had turned bright red due to the colour of the earth underneath. The man looked at the puddle and chuckled silently.

Have you caught on…from top to bottom: ex-military man standing in the rain, man and erotic rain, depressed man standing in the suicidal rain and mad doctor standing in the rain.

You can try and write your own three sentence man standing in the rain. To see what more you can do with it. For instance try villain standing in the rain or diver standing in the rain. Lover standing in the rain or waiting for the bus that is far and far to late and to make matters worse it is also raining. It takes only a few sentences.

I think for next time I am going to write about screen writing and my thoughts on screen writing for actors. And after that I think we need to go back into some character work.

Lastly: Thanks Kevin! That is almost so much information its spam :stuck_out_tongue:
I will go and look into some of it. And then see if I can incorporate some into my own work flow, and or screen writing piece :wavey:

Until next time!!


#68

im in the process of writing a sci fi story…

have you ever collaborated with others to write a novel?


#69

hey matsman

gosh, i dont know where to begin. this thread is soooooo awesome.:buttrock:

the mere fact that you took so much time to post these lessons, it is truly something men. thank you. i literally started reading you thread from yesterday up until 6 am this morning. with about 10 cups of coffee, i couldnt seem to move away from my pc. im surprised that i actually enjoyed your lessons more than i would an actual novel. besides, your short vampire story was wicked.

i too am considering writing a sci fi novel and never in a million years thought that there would be someone like you over the internet putting so much time and effort into helping ppl make their dream script/story come through. i think i speak for a lot of people when i say keep up the great work men. i was actually a bit disappointed this morning when i noticed i reached the end of your thread:sad: well hopefully that wont be the end.

i really look forward to seeing this all the way through. and for a while now ive been suffering from writer’s block for my story. so upon reading your thread, it really feels like the first day i thought about my story…the ideas are rushing back in.

again mate…thanks a lot…im from the Caribbean…so just you to know that your work has made it all the way here across the globe.:applause:

next lesson! next lesson! next lesson!..please:D


#70

hey matsman

gosh, i dont know where to begin. this thread is soooooo awesome.:buttrock:

the mere fact that you took so much time to post these lessons, it is truly something men. thank you. i literally started reading you thread from yesterday up until 6 am this morning. with about 10 cups of coffee, i couldnt seem to move away from my pc. im surprised that i actually enjoyed your lessons more than i would an actual novel. besides, your short vampire story was wicked.

i too am considering writing a sci fi novel and never in a million years thought that there would be someone like you over the internet putting so much time and effort into helping ppl make their dream script/story come through. i think i speak for a lot of people when i say keep up the great work men. i was actually a bit disappointed this morning when i noticed i reached the end of your thread:sad: well hopefully that wont be the end.

i really look forward to seeing this all the way through. and for a while now ive been suffering from writer’s block for my story. so upon reading your thread, it really feels like the first day i thought about my story…the ideas are rushing back in.

again mate…thanks a lot…im from the Caribbean…so just want you to know that your work has made it all the way here across the globe.:applause:

next lesson! next lesson! next lesson!..please:D


#71

hey matsman

gosh, i dont know where to begin. this thread is soooooo awesome.:buttrock:

the mere fact that you took so much time to post these lessons, it is truly something men. thank you. i literally started reading you thread from yesterday up until 6 am this morning. with about 10 cups of coffee, i couldnt seem to move away from my pc. im surprised that i actually enjoyed your lessons more than i would an actual novel. besides, your short vampire story was wicked.

i too am considering writing a sci fi novel and never in a million years thought that there would be someone like you over the internet putting so much time and effort into helping ppl make their dream script/story come true. i think i speak for a lot of people when i say keep up the great work men. i was actually a bit disappointed this morning when i noticed i reached the end of your thread:sad: well hopefully that wont be the end.

i really look forward to seeing this all the way through. and for a while now ive been suffering from writer’s block for my story. so upon reading your thread, it really feels like the first day i thought about my story…the ideas are rushing back in.

again mate…thanks a lot…im from the Caribbean…so just want you to know that your work has made it all the way here across the globe.:applause:

next lesson! next lesson! next lesson!..please:D


#72

Hi, kadetkebab!

Thanks for the kind words… I so totally dig that my work is being read all through the night because someone couldn’t put it down :slight_smile: Guess you are quite square eyed now? :stuck_out_tongue:

Well this thing started because I came across a few (2 or 3) stories in one day that all lacked the simplest of forms and buildup to climax. So the main thing for me was to actually make those rather simple guidelines clear so I wouldn’t be forced to give the same advise over and over again. But this thread became a succes and I have quite strong opinions about language and the way it could be used to its greatest succes that I found I could talk about much more than just simply the underlying structure… and here we are.

And the fun thing is (besides seeing that people all over the globe are enjoying this and learning) that lots of things I discussed are actually more feeling than actual rational thought, while I am writing… but putting it down in a lesson and being forced to think about the how and the why makes it suddenly very natural and clear as to how I work and why I do things a certain way.

I have actually wrote two comics that never saw the light of day in a collaberation and everything I write and conceptualise for my DnD campaigns is eventually a collaberation, since I can do only so much and then it is up to improvisation between me and the players to give it life and make disicions about what are the important characters.
But actual collaberative proza no I haven’t.

I am spending some evenings next week to research all the information supplied about screen writing, since I am no expert at all in that region and will then write my own ideas into that information… so it’s gonna be a week at least for me to have all my thoughts ordened… Still have work and playtime as well… so its not gonna be tomorrow.

Once again thanks for your enthusiasm and I hope you will post some of your work around here, as well as follow the coming lessons. :wavey:


#73

well ive already wrote the first chapter of my novel and i take it as only a first draft. i find it a bit too short for now. but plan to expand.

  im inserting a piece from the first chapter.  well i read what you said on the start and how you prefer imaginative openings....well i actually wrote it like that before i read your lessons.  im not a big reader surprisingly but i tend to really enjoy setting a vivid atmosphere or mood when i write.  i love discriptive words.  i am more into bringing across a feeling to the reader than the actually event.  
  
  let me know what you think for a beginning:
  
    [b]
 
 CHAPTER 1: THE NORSE CATALYST[/b]
 
 
 [b]04:00 HOURS, DECEM 22, 887 SC (SURMISE CHRIST)/[/b]
 [b]ORIGIN SOLAR SYSTEM.  EINHERIAR RECONAISSANCE STATION.[/b]            
  
    
  The titanium shutters of the ship’s rear window slowly open to reveal space and all its vastly fragmented stars.  A hint of ray gently creeps inside embracing all in a drawn out dance of light and silhoutte.   
 
 The sun, like a shot of blood spewing over the cold carcass of space, clandestinely prowls its head over the planet’s horizon engulfing it in a vail of shadow.  
 
        Light sequentially drapes its radiance over every inch of the vessel’s body, intricately disclosing the massive frame.  Then one by one the shutters for each window open, finally revealing the interior in all its grandeur.  
 
        This is the Einheriar.  A fleet capable of housing a workforce of ten thousand, it boasts a number of amenities including a three bay residential complex, a fully operational military dock and a four complex cosmological research and observational centre.  Regarded as one of the highest Cosmospacial engineering achievements to date, the Einheriar’s main functions are interstellar reconnaissance and observation.  
 
                   As morning basks within Einheriar’s interior, not a soul stirs.  All nine thousand seven hundred and forty two of its passengers remain immersed in slumber.  Desolation fills the fleet’s interior as the vessel continues to make its way closer to the planet’s orbit.  
 
        Then suddenly the ambience is disrupted when the control panels in the navigation bay are activated.  In the corner a monitor begins reading the nearby planet’s vitals.  Making necessary observation of the planet’s atmospheric pressure, temperature, mean distance, atmospheric composition and radiation levels, it gives us a slight inclination that life exists onboard.  
 
        Then suddenly the fleet’s entire online energy supply is activated.  Einheriar awakes.  Along with the nine thousand seven hundred and forty two of its occupants.  
 
        [font=Arial]The first of the fleet’s personnel to rouse is the navigation crew.  Made up of a team of seven including a captain and two wing commanders, they immediately tend to the ship’s readings of the nearby planet.  Upon doing so, they realize they have reached their destination.  Origin One.

so i was wondering if maybe the vocab detract a bit too much from the fact that it is a science fiction im writing? truth is i always work with a thesauraus right in fornt of me. one way to build my vocab but most importantly not trying to use redundant simple vocab throughout the whole thing.

the thing about the novel i want to write is that it opens not with any main character or setting but an event that sorta starts the ball rolling. this is like something that provides a backdrop to the whole story. so i was wondering if maye something like that should be saved for like a prelude or prologue and not a first chapter. what do you think?

well looking forward to your other lessons.:thumbsup:

cheers!
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#74

Hi!

thanks for posting… really good read. I like it as a first draft. I think you are succeeeding well in the setup of not starting with one character and also in engulfing the reader with atmosphere.

I think the vocabulary doesn’t distract that much… there however a few inconsistencies that I find do, but that is quite okay for a first draft. (a fleet is a group of ships as far as I know and not one immense vessel… to name one)

If you want to make to make it better I suggest being very critical about what seems logical within time… By which I mean is that some sentences could be rearranged to make the story flow better. (especially the sentence that introduces “the sun”… a sun?(seeing they arrived at origin one I think you might be a little more mysterious since it seems origin one is earth, yes?) Looks a little out of place since you are introducing the space ship and not that much the planet. so you can place that sentence a bit later or earlier to make it a little easier to get your head round to)

Another point to think about is speed, everything you have posted kinda goes at a slow walk pace… an while that is not bad at all, I think that speeding up as soon as the apparatus start sending alarm callsand everybody start doing things would be beneficiary to simulate all the business that takes place with the waking and posting of a whole crew… eeryone needs to shower and coffee and reads up on the new data and they say goodmorning especially after a cryosleep I imagine :). so try to jump all over the place a little with flashing lights and cryo pods opening up and all that jazz.

and the sentence “Einheriar awakes.” you just have to reserve for the end of the waking sequence… that is simply to nice to throw away in the middle of a paragraph

So it seems very okay for a first draft… though a bit short especially so if this is going to be a complete novel and not a short story or novelle. Writing a novel is really an enormous amount of work so try to be ready for all kinds of distractions and blocks and even that you might not finish. I don’t know if you finished some kind of short stories earlier but most of the time it is smart to start somthing small and then later you can always expand… but having something that is finished will boast your confidence and push you beyond writing only first drafts… same way you eventually have to start painting and cannot be sketching forever, you have to finalize something to really unerstand what is going on.

Best of luck and if you have more feel free to show it :wavey:


#75

hey matsman

thanks for the advice. ive sent you the rest of the chapter via PM…check it out and tell me what you think…:slight_smile:


#76

Hi kadetkebab,

You’ll have to be a little more patient with me on this… I already saw your pm’s. But I haven’t had the time yet to sit down and read it all through.
I and really want to take the time so I can give some decent feedback. I think I am gonna manage it over the weekend though so it won’t take to long. But stay with me, I will sent you an indepth coverage as promised.


#77

matsman, great stuff here man - THANK YOU!! I have been pulling together a story for the last month or so and this is going to be a lifesaver. Although I am only reading page 1 - it inspired me to thank you for you hard work.

Start at the end - it seems so obvious but really opened my eyes to how important that actually is. Thanks!!


#78

Hi em3! and welcome into this part of the forum :smiley:

I am very happy you have found this useful and I hope you got the stamina to read through the rest of this already quite extensive course… And still growing!

Hope you’ll share some of that story work with us!

Okay that said… i am going back to sleep… it’s a working day tomorrow!!


#79

Hey Matsman, thanks for taking the time to share this course with us.

I’m slowly going through these pages and hi-lighting the key elements
so i can then re-arange all my pages of babbel and ideas to make more sence.

This way my storie won’t be half as bad as if i had to do it with out some guidance.

I tend to get carried away when I start writing ideas , just jumping all over the show.

Keep up the good work.


#80

edit: sorry wrong thread!! =\