Monday, November 18, 2013

Writer's Degest Tutorial: Mastering the Most Important Moments in Your Script

Hi, Readers.

I got this email over the weekend and wanted to share it with you. Check out the tutorials. You have to pay to watch them. The payment is worth it. The tutorials are meant for novel writers. They, however, can help screenwriters on the aspect or forming their story.

Great stories-whether by intention, killer instincts, or sometimes by random luck-always have something in common: they leverage certain storytelling forces that grab a hold of, entice, and get into the heads of readers. When you break it down there are only a handful of them, and only a few times when they actually become the focus of the narrative (the rest being what Larry calls "connective expositional tissue").

This video tutorial clearly defines what those story moments and milestones are, including the most important moment in your story-which may not be what you think it is-where they go, and what connects them in context to an overall dramatic premise. In other words, you'll know how to make your story work!

In this 83-minute video tutorial you will learn:
  • Why you shouldn't just put whatever you want, wherever you want it
  • The difference between "story structure" and "story architecture"
  • Why and how mishandling "the most important moment" in your story can actually tank the whole thing
  • What to write between the story's major milestone scenes
  • Principles of underlying story forces - physics - that may trump you initial story plan
  • The fatal flaw you might make and how to avoid it

Larry Brooks is a best-selling author of five thrillers and the author of the writing book, Story Engineering: Mastering the Six Core Competencies of Successful Writing (2011, Writer's Digest Books). He is also the creator of, named by Writer's Digest magazine as one of the "101 Best Websites for Writers" the last two years. He speaks frequently at writing conferences and offers story & manuscript review services.

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