Jun

28

Posted by : E.v.R. | On : June 28, 2008

There are dozens of things that the TV series Lost does well, beyond the familiar cast-away premise with a more-to-the-island twist.

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Jun

20

Posted by : E.v.R. | On : June 20, 2008

How do you measure yourself against the competition? Do you strive to write better prose than the most popular author in your genre? Or are you working towards publishing as many stories as someone you admire? You can study the competition in many ways. One of them is to dissect their stories. Can you take apart the competition’s story, and put it back together again even better?

This last one fascinates me, and I’ll tell you why soon.

Who are your story competitors? And how do you choose to compete?

Jun

12

Posted by : E.v.R. | On : June 12, 2008

I’m editing down the first scene of my screenplay because I need the big catalyst in my story to move from page 20 to page 12.

As I edit this first scene, I notice a bad habit of mine that crops up pretty often. I’m too explicit. I leave nothing unexplained. It’s not just a matter of using too many words. As I visualize a scene while writing it, I have a hard time resisting the temptation to describe anything and everything I feel is pertinent to the scene. Here’s an example;

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