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Don’t Feed the Trolls

And for pity’s sake, don’t quote their trolling posts when you respond in a thread. You make my job that much harder when I go through and have to clean up the troll poop because it does no good for me to get rid of the troll po...

Script Classics: Writer and Director Douglas McGrath on Adaptation of Dickens’ Nicholas Nickleby

Writer-director Douglas McGrath chats about “shrinking” Dickens’ classic, Nicholas Nickleby, into a Golden Globe nominee. Before my interview with Douglas McGrath, who wrote and directed Nicholas Nickleby, I took a quick look at the p...

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Can my Children be friends with White People?

There is this prism through which everything can be explained in Manichean terms It’s like a juicy poison chalice which comes in a novelty mug and for one additional pound some super boost matcha powder before those health benefits kick i...

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Developing Military Characters in Literary Fiction

(~8 Minute Read) Writers, whether for scripts or other fiction, make a lot of mistakes with depicting military members. Sometimes to the point that it gets so obnoxiously cliché or romanticized that it is hard to watch or read. We’ve all...

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Developing Military Characters in Realistic Fiction

(~8 Minute Read) Writers, whether for scripts or other fiction, make a lot of mistakes with depicting military members. Sometimes to the point that it gets so obnoxiously cliché or romanticized that it is hard to watch or read. We’ve all...

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Stories and bad words.

Stories and bad words. Is it right to insert if the context requires it?Or is it better to replace them? I’m writing a short story, set in a prison.The use of bad words, I find, “Normal”. I give an example:Lunch time, one ...

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Where next.

Originally Posted by luckyscars I hear this all the time — not usually, it must be said, from people who are otherwise sensible. I think it’s something that people generally use to provoke reactions rather than discussions. What...

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New Setting?

And as someone who is familiar with Tokyo, I second @Scarlet-MagicianX26. Japan in particular. I mean, yes, you can see the layout of the area from Google Maps. But did you know, for example, that many shops in Japan don’t have street...

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Case Study: Investible Character In Medias Res

How do you start a story in media res, but ensure that your audience is fully invested in that character? It’s a bit of a trick. My recent short story attempts that. A young woman is brought out of cryogenic stasis at the same time a seri...

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Question

I don’t think that’s a good question, because to tell a story is different from to write a story, and writing is directly dependent upon how early your country’s educational system starts teaching literacy. In the UK they ...

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