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May 2015

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You mean you haven’t asked him yet? For Christ sake, Thelma, is he your husband or your father?
The film script is no different from a novel. The first 10 pages must set up the story and prepare for conf...
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The first 10 pages include a cyclone, the death of a witch and a Munchkin or two
There’s nothing like a cyclone to kickstart a book into action. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz did just t...
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The reason why everyone has a book inside them is because their character arc got stuck on the way out...
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Motel
It started with a kiss, or a secret, or was it murder in a motel?
There are a million ways to begin a book. How will you begin yours?...
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“It was the day my grandmother exploded.” Good stories are like no other stories
To write successfully within the first 10 pages of your novel or film script, you need a really good ear. Y...
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We’d think twice about our first 10 pages if we had to use a manual typewriter. Tipp-Ex, anyone?
Oh just bash the first draft out, get your thoughts down, drive your word count up. That’s what peopl...
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Turn the monsters loose
I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose....
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How would your first 10 pages sound if you had to read them out loud?
The “Speech” feature on Scrivener, the content-generation tool for writers, can be found in the...
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Keep writing, don’t stop, keep writing, get to the top, keep writing
Writers, lone wolves with Macbooks, are solitary creatures who spend a great deal of time listening to the ...
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Go back to the start, the place where the storytelling begins. Do your first words deserve star status?
The truth of the matter is, no one will read our book if it fails to promise that exciting times await just...
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You can do it
The first 10 pages will make or break a writer’s reputation....
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Are you excited enough to write a book?
[dropcap custom_class="normal"]Ask anyone, we've all got a book inside us. We're all storytellers, we're al...
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