So far, I’ve focused on how to make characters compelling through behavior, but, alas, they eventually have to open... read more
The Expanded Ultimate Story Checklist: Does the hero discover an intimidating opportunity to fix the problem?
Simply restoring the status quo is never a strong motivation. In real life, as a general rule, our crises... read more
Okay, guys, I’m not supposed to announce this yes, but yes, as I’m sure many of you have guessed,... read more
The Expanded Ultimate Story Checklist: Is there at least one “Holy Crap!” scene (to create word of mouth)?
What’s the one moment that will make readers perk up and go, “Whoa! I’ve never seen that before. This... read more
Shockingly, James had a lot to say about yesterday’s post, and I figured I’d better devote a post to... read more
...but not right away. Life has intervened in various ways, so the big, bad return of Cockeyed Caravan will... read more
The Expanded Ultimate Story Checklist: Is the hero defined by ongoing actions and attitudes, not by backstory?
Many writers assume a hero will be interesting because of an interesting backstory, but the audience doesn’t actually care... read more
Bulletproof Screenwriting is a great podcast where they talk to all the biggies in screenwriting ...and me! Host... read more