Flashbacks can be a very powerful device. They make us relate to the character by bringing us into a character's past so we can understand their actions and motives. But if used incorrectly, they will interrupt the narrative flow of the story, slow down the pacing and draw the reader out of the story. Flashbacks can be difficult to pull off. So if your story could use a trip down memory lane, here are some tips to help you out.
You can have great characters, engaging plot, phenomenal dialogue but without a strong theme your story may feel like something is missing. The theme is the underlying subject of your story and without one, you’ll fail to make an emotional connection with your audience, which is the reason we write stories in the first place. So if you're struggling with adding a theme to your script, here are some tips to help you out.
Show don't tell. The screenwriting golden rule. We hear it all the time, but what does it really mean? Show don’t tell means showing your character’s emotions and thoughts through action. It turns your script from a didactic sunday service to a shootable and visual masterpiece. So, if you're getting notes back saying show don’t tell or want to understand how to apply the rule, here are some tips to help you to go from preacher to professional screenwriter.
A story's ending is the most important part of the experience. It's what an audience will leave with when exiting the theater or when a television series comes to an end. Crafting an ending that serves your story is a difficult process, so here are some tips that may make closing the curtain a little easier.
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