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Writing Better Dialogue

Writing Better Dialogue

Writing Better Dialogue Better dialogue can elevate any piece. And it can even help to salvage a bad or otherwise forgettable piece of writing. Consider, for example, the works of Aaron Sorkin or Robert Altman. While these are examples from television and film, they should give an idea. Sorkin is known for excellent dialogue, from…

Getting inspiration from marriage

Getting inspiration from marriage

Getting inspiration from marriage Marriage is more than weddings. And when you consider the entire experience, it can spawn any number of plot bunnies. Courtship So, how did you two meet? It’s a standard question and can be a terrific ice breaker. Furthermore, dating rituals differ through time, so adjust what you write accordingly. In…

Pocket conflicts

Pocket conflicts

Pocket conflicts So, Pocket Conflicts are the kinds of conflicts which are tiny. They aren’t wars and they don’t lead to divorce or a firing. Instead, they are more about the speed of “who moved my cheese?” Hence they are kind of trivial, yet they can add a lot of annoyance into anyone’s life. And…

Getting inspiration from pets

Getting inspiration from pets

Getting inspiration from pets Pets are our constant companions. For a lot of people, their animal friends are their sole contact on some days. And they can inspire. Do you speak Dog? Humans first domesticated dogs back when we still lived in caves. They probably saved our species and certainly love us unconditionally. Dogs are…

Character Sexuality

Character Sexuality

Character Sexuality A look at character sexuality can take you in any number of directions. First of all, you need to listen to your characters. Are they telling you who they like? Maybe they are, or maybe they’re a little shy about that. Can you see your characters with someone of the same sex, or…

Getting inspiration from politics

Getting inspiration from politics

Getting inspiration from politics Politics comes with built-in drama. Because competitions for high and low offices can be truly thrilling. And long-term friendships can sometimes end over this often forbidden topic. Right So consider the conservative point of view, and what it truly entails. Go beyond the basics of voting. What is a basic, core…

Speculating about the future

Speculating about the future

Speculating about the future Future predictions can be notoriously inaccurate. I’m still waiting for my flying car, for example. However, some predictions have been eerily on the nose, such as cell phones, which are a lot like Star Trek’s communicators. So here’s a few idea on how to essentially build your own crystal ball. Extrapolation…

Getting inspiration from the news

Getting inspiration from the news

Getting inspiration from the news The news News stories can be a fantastic source of inspiration. Remember the phrase, ‘ripped from the headlines‘? So while it has become a TV trope all its own, current events can really inspire. Because you just can’t make this stuff up. InternationalĀ Events In particular, when writing about an alien…

Gender Swap

Gender Swap

Gender Swap When we gender swap characters, what really happens? And will audiences accept the changes? This was most recently shown in the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot. You’re Ruining My Childhood So when the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot was first announced, I recall any number of fans complaining that it would ruin their childhood memories. Furthermore, a…

Getting inspiration from exercise

Getting inspiration from exercise

Getting inspiration from exercise Exercise Exercise should be a vital part of anyone’s life. And you don’t have to be a gym rat to get inspiration from your work out or from what happens while you’re exercising. As we have seen in other instances, exercise is just another vehicle for inspiration if you look at…

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