7 Tips from Edgar Allan Poe on How to Write Vivid Stories and Poems

Dig through Edgar Allan Poe’s 1846 essay “The Philosophy of Composition” for seven tips for writing the macabre. 1. Know the ending in advance, before you begin writing. “Nothing is more clear,” writes Poe, “than that every plot, worth the name, must be elaborated to its dénouement before any thing be attempted with the pen.” Read MoreRead More

10 Reasons Your Screenplay Sucks (and how to fix it)

Karina Wilson explains 10 major reasons why your script just isn’t good enough Despite the hundreds of seminars, books and DVDs Field (along with McKee, Knopf, Voegler, Seger, Truby, Snyder et al) has contributed to teaching the science of screenwriting over the past four decades, it’s still a form that very few people manage to Read MoreRead More

The Psychology of Cryptomnesia: How We Unconsciously Plagiarize Existing Ideas

Maria Papova covers cognitive psychologist Ronald T. Kellogg’s theory on writing and originality. “Any experience the writer has ever suffered,”William Faulkner told a university audience in 1958, “is going to influence what he does, and that is not only what he’s read, but the music he’s heard, the pictures he’s seen.” This notion — that “our” ideas are the combinatorial product Read MoreRead More

8 Creative Writing Tips from Kurt Vonnegut

Here are eight quick tips from Kurt Vonnegut to better writing. Kurt Vonnegut’s stories and prose are so memorably witty. If you haven’t read such classics as Cat’s Cradle, Breakfast Of Champions, and Slaughterhouse Five, you have pleasant surprises awaiting you! And his advice on writing is just as memorable as his stories. Here are Read MoreRead More

WOODY ALLEN ON WRITING: 5 Quotes from the Prolific Screenwriter

Ty Budde collects 5 quotes from Woody Allen on the subject of writing from writing from the subconscious to stealing. 1. On writing from the subconscious: “What people who don’t write don’t understand is that they think you make up the line consciously — but you don’t. It proceeds from your unconscious. So it’s the Read MoreRead More

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