Anna Questerly

Anna Questerly
Bookseller and bibliophile turned author, Anna Questerly writes medieval fiction and fairy tales for smart kids and young hearts. For adults, she creates Utopian fantasy as A.J. Questerly.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Cool Tips I Learned Today

I'm reading about writing screenplays now that I've started writing one for The Minstrel's Tale. Screenwriting is different than novel writing, but I did find a few things I'd like to remember to use in my future stories.  For those of you interested in screenwriting, Michael Rogan's How To Write a Screenplay, is one of the most helpful books I've read so far. Check out his website for free tips and tricks.

The first was about dialogue. Don't let your characters say the words they're feeling. Make them dance around it. Let their feelings show instead of having them tell. Genius! More of that show don't tell. (It does seem to crop up everywhere in writing doesn't it?) Not only that, but it allows more room for conflict from misunderstandings.

The second was about pacing. Make each scene count. Critical in a screenplay, but also in a novel. So many times, we writers have a scene in our mind and write it out, yet it really doesn't move the story forward much. But we love the scene; it may have even been the inspiration for the entire book. Stephen King's, "Kill your darlings," comes to mind.

Also I found a great link to setting MSWord up for screenplay format here:

That's all for now. I'll keep learning and writing. Wish me luck in writing a great movie for The Minstrel's Tale.

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