About Writing

'About Writing' are a series of articles by Roland Fishman, the founder of the Writers’ Studio, and author of No Man’s Land – a Russell Carter Thriller and three other books.

The aim of the articles is to give you useful information about the process of writing, insights into how our courses work and our approach to the art and craft of storytelling.

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.

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Four important 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.

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How to Unlock Your Creativity - Six Tools

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.

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How to Write the First Draft of Your Novel or Screenplay in Ten Months

Some Key Lessons from the 10-Month Novel & Script First Draft Process

Writing a successful novel or screenplay that resonates with readers doesn't happen by accident. It is an art and a craft that takes time to master. 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 facets that go into the process of completing a story. Broadly speaking, they are - planning, writing, re-writing and editing. One mistake many aspiring writers make when starting out is that they mix the tasks up and find it very hard to move forward to completion.

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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.

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