Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Story Development: What Story Can You See In A Picture?

A picture is worth 20,000 to 30,000 words, the size of an average novel, or a 110 p. to 125 p. film script. A writer gets inspiration from different ways. One of them can be simple from looking at picture. In the scene it depicts there is a story or many stories that can be told.

I first learned this years ago in school when I saw a picture in an anime fan art magazine. It was a picture of a spooky forest with a stairway leading to the sky. The picture made an impression on me. All sorts of story scenarios began popping in my head. I chose one and wrote a short story.

In the picture below, what story or stories do you see?

In this picture, I see :

  • A poor girl who has just arrived to work in a mansion. She's intrigued by the portrait of the manor's handsome young lord,  whom she has to serve.
  • A girl is living on her own now. She has moved to a kingdom ruled by a handsome young lord. His pictures are all over town. Everyone is afraid of him. Eventfully she meets him.
  • A girl is out shopping and running errands. She gets lost and somehow ends up at the art museum. She is intrigued by a portrait of a handsome young man. While gazing at it his eyes light up and his lips forms a mysterious smile. Only she sees it.

What do you see in the picture above? Write your thoughts in a comment to share with everyone.

Go, writers! Go!

I have been getting a lot of request for loglines. I give different prices . Since I have so many requests for this service, I decided to set a single fix price.

Logline: $5.00 Flat Fee

A synopsis or summery is required. It well be used to form the logline. The logline is just one line.


Critique: $50.00 Flat Fee, 

 Includes evaluating the basis elements of a script

  •  Introduction
  •  Development
  •  Climax
  •  Conclusion
  • Character development 
  •  Mid point development

Critiques also provide suggestions for improvements and enhancement. 

Payments are made by Paypal or cashier check by mail.

Other services are at regular price.

Query Letters: $25.00 Flat Fee  

Editing: $46.00 Flat Fee
  •  Evaluating formatting to industry standards
  •  Spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, etc.

Turnaround time:

Editing: 2 weeks

Critique: 2 weeks
Query Letters: 2 weeks

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I also critique and edit books. I am currently organizing the service prices for working on books. If you are interested in me critiquing or editing a novel you have written, feel free contact me.
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