Psychologist Dr. Mark Sundby details how to manage expectations when spending vacation time with family while young adult author Anne Greenwood Brown suggests book titles that can provide a delightful escape. Subscribe to Voices in the Valley on iTunes, Google Play Music, and Stitcher
Shire students discuss their experience working as production assistants on a short film and Emma and Kira share why mussels are so important to our lakes, streams and waterways and what we can do to save them.
LA screenwriter and producer Dina Chapman shares her industry experience with Steph, explains the ins and outs of writing for episodic tv with HUSH writers Emma and Lee, and dialogues on how it might be applied to audio scripts. Dina also discusses “Still the King” and “His Wives and Daughters”, shows on CMT.
Anne Greenwood Brown explains the sidekick character. The sidekick always wants to follow the main character because it is exciting to do so, but that sidekick must have a purpose, a knowledge or something important that the main character needs and wouldn’t have without them. The main character may not realize, yet, that the sidekick […]
Betrayal is always going to be worse if it’s your best friend. Always think: how can I make this more awful? No one is born evil, but something happens that turns the villain into the person they are. A villain is always better if they are not 100% evil – perhaps they have a dog […]
Anne Greenwood Brown says that you have to be super mean to your characters and make them suffer. The more you make them suffer, the better your story will be. Brainstorm bad, horrible things that could happen to your characters, and then order them in ascending horribleness.
Anne Greenwood Brown explains that pacing for a modern plot remains the same whether you are writing a short story, novel or screenplay. Most stories break into three acts. Act I is 25% of the story, Act II is 50%, Act III 25%. Using a beat sheet can be a helpful tool, but also a […]
Writers tend to identify themselves as either “plotters” or “pantsers.” “Plotters,” like Anne Greenwood Brown, map out their plot and know exactly where they are going with the story. “Pantsers” fly by the seat of the pants and allow the story to emerge as they write it. There are plusses and minuses to both. […]
Most romance novels have a happily ever after, says Anne Greenwood Brown. That’s just the way it is – what people expect. Your book is more likely to be accepted by editors and be bought in the marketplace if it has a happy ending. Why is that? The modern audience has different expectations and an […]
Anne Greenwood Brown draws out the romance plot line, which looks like a “W” and includes a “set up” and the “Meet Cute.” As the characters accept a challenge that keeps them stuck together, the action grows. At the top of the first peak of the “W”, the characters think they love each other, and […]