How to write the first draft of a novel or screenplay

How to write the first draft of a novel or screenplay

Writing a successful novel or screenplay that resonates with readers doesn’t happen by accident.

As John Tullius, author and founder of the Maui Writers’ Conference, said, “I don’t care how talented you are. It’s not about contacting your muse. Success comes from taking the time to learn the craft.”

There are many different elements that go into the process of completing a story. Broadly speaking, they are planning, writing, rewriting and editing.

Short Story and Other Writing Competitions

Short Story and Other Writing Competitions

Listed below are upcoming competitions that you might like to enter. They are listed by submission closing date, not when the competition is open.

Please read all instructions and entry requirements.

Four important novel and scriptwriting lessons behind Pixar’s success

Four important novel and scriptwriting lessons behind Pixar’s success

Pixar Studios, maker of such classic films as Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Up, have had phenomenal success turning out one hit movie after another. In his book, Creativity Inc, Ed Catmull, one of the founders of Pixar, outlines many of the principles behind the studio’s success.

From the Writers’ Studio perspective, it is gratifying that just about every principle Catmull articulates matches the approach we passionately follow when conducting writing courses at the Writers’ Studio.Here are four of their guiding principles:

1. Story is King

In other words, they follow the principles of classic story structure where the action of the story, the character arc or journey and theme are inexorably linked.

The Power of Creative Tension

The Power of Creative Tension

To fully harness your creative potential, it is essential to grasp the subtleties of the creative process and understand how at first, elements of the craft of writing and storytelling can feel counter-intuitive or counter-instinctive.

Writing longer stories such as a novel or screenplay, requires you learn how to use both sides of your brain.

Six Keys to Unlocking Your Creativity

Six Keys to Unlocking Your Creativity

Writing a novel or a screenplay is an art and a craft that takes time to master. We believe it is important that you follow a process that enables you to turn off your internal editor, setting up a dance between structure and imagination.

And above all enjoy the process of writing and experience the pleasure and satisfaction of telling your story in a way that other people will want to read what you have written.

Four Breaking Bad Writing Lessons

Four Breaking Bad Writing Lessons

At the end of last year, an award-winning Australian film director told me that people often asked him how to best learn to become a filmmaker. His response – study Breaking Bad created by Vince Gilligan.

Like many of the ground-breaking cable television series, Breaking Bad unfolds like a good novel. David Simon, who created The Wire, another great series, pitched the crime writer, George Pelecanos, to join the writing team with the concept that The Wire was like a novel for television.

Writing Fiction nourishes the soul of the reader and writer

Writing Fiction nourishes the soul of the reader and writer

One of the outcomes of our 4-Week Unlocking Creativity course is to help participants understand and recognise whether writing fiction is something they want to pursue and make part of their life.

Writing fiction is an art and a craft that takes time to master. If you do want to publish a novel or write a professional screenplay, you need to dedicate time to learning the craft. The same applies to any creative endeavour.

Seven Keys to Realise Your Writing Talent

Seven Keys to Realise Your Writing Talent

A burning question many aspiring writers often torture themselves with is  ‘Do I have the necessary talent required to be a writer?’

People often ask me how many talented writers come to our courses. I respond by saying I believe everyone who has a genuine desire to write has the raw ingredients to be a writer.

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