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Writer’s Toolbox: Composing Thesauri

   Posted by: Brent Toderash   in Writing Tips, Writing Tools & Exercises

I’ve taken notice of something that Angela Ackerman does on her blog, The Bookshelf Muse. She’s come up with a set of thesauri for emotions, colours, textures, shapes, symbolism, and settings, and she adds to them periodically. Recently she posted Setting Thesaurus Entry: Courtroom, and As I thought about her process, it seemed to make good sense.

When I’m writing, I can tend to be too focused on the action and advancing the plot (which isn’t a bad thing!) but too much can leave the finished scene feeling a little sterile, needing deeper investment in descriptives. This is where a thesaurus like Angela’s could be helpful.


Kurt Vonnegut’s Eight rules for writing fiction

   Posted by: Brent Toderash   in Links, Writing Tips

Kurt Vonnegut has 8 rules for writing fiction. Some of these are counter-intuitive, but are great bits of advice.


How To Structure A Screenplay

   Posted by: Brent Toderash   in Writing Tips

Within the Three Acts there are six PLOT POINTS, or key events, that change or complicate the action.

CATALYST: Your story starts out in balance and the catalyst upsets the balance. This turmoil is what gives your story direction.

BIG EVENT: The event that changes the main characters life in a major way.

PINCH: Plot twist and point of no return for your main character, where motivation is strengthened and what they have to do is made perfectly clear.

CRISIS: Event forces the crucial decision for the lead character; typically where it seems all is lost.

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