April 6, 2018

What would make your character so ecstatic they would lie down in the grasses and writhe like a wild animal...or at least an animal? 

Okay, it might just be another dog's pee...but if you don't know what would make your characters do this, metaphorically speaking, you c...

March 28, 2018

This elegant animated film so clearly lays out the three act structure in one succinct scene, plus a "cliffhanger" ending...

All this, while subtly delivering a compelling message, without spoon feeding the audience.

Because a story can seem simple, people often forget t...

March 22, 2018

Why this story?  Why now?  Why should people care?  Why do YOU care?

Whether writing a broad comedy, in which you can finally take a mocking revenge on high school bullies, or a gritty drama that sears the soul with the aching beauty of the human experience (w...

March 20, 2018

Join nine other writers and participate in six hours of instruction, writing and story development of your feature length screenplay.  This ain't your momma's screenwriting lecture.  Come prepared to work! 

Twelve days to sign up for the TWST Feature Storybrea...

March 16, 2018

Hannibal: "After your father's murder, you were orphaned. You were ten years old. You went to live with cousins on a sheep and horse ranch in Montana. And...?" 

Silence of the Lambs

Does where your character grew up inform who they are today?

Charlotte: "That was the wors...

March 12, 2018

Excited to announce The TWST Storybreaking Bootcamp for feature scripts.  

This ain't your mama's screenwriting lecture. Come prepared to WRITE.

March 8, 2018

Has your protagonist always wanted to fly like an eagle, but has a hedgehog's body?  

Has your irritable antagonist always had a tiger's appetite, but suffers from a vegetarian stomach?  

Was your sidekick bullied because...

February 15, 2018

Characters must be uncomfortable, forced to problem-solve for 90% of the story.  

The only time a character is not struggling, growing, striving or in trouble, is before the inciting incident (though quite often the struggle has already begun, our character ju...

February 9, 2018

Inspiration for unique characters... 

Do they stutter step through life? Indulge in codependency?  Constantly take the wrong path?  Trample others to get ahead? Allow their fears to camouflage their potential...even to themselves? 

Take from life and write char...

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