Tips

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Exposing the Heart and Soul of your Story

Explore the thematic purpose of your story

Take an honest look at how well you know your story

Does your story need to go on a diet?

Writing the perfect scene – the art of creating effective Story Events

Genre and Genre Conventions

The ABC of Copyright

Inspiration Inspires Creativity

Maximise your creative expression

Fear fuels conflict in storytelling

How to manipulate emotions in storytelling

The Art Of Creating Conflict In Story

Controlling your Story Creatively

Are you a dreamer or a doer?

The Art and Craft of Structure

14 Structural Points To Shape Your Story

I Want To Write A Screenplay

16 New Year’s Resolutions For Storytellers

Own Your Story

Your place in the creative universe

The art of adaptation

Own the writing process

The Hero’s Journey: Part 1

The Hero’s Journey: Part 2

I can write a better film!

Genre and genre conventions

Controlling your story creatively: Plot and structure

Writing the screenplay for Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies

Writing the screenplay for Crimson Peak

Writing the screenplay for Legend

Writing the screenplay for Pan

War Horse: The journey from page to screen

Hemingway’s Advice on Writing, Ambition, and the Art of Revision

10 basic steps to own the writing process

Tips and resources for writers

How do I get my screenplay to the marketplace?

Why writing plays is good for storytellers

Conquering your fear of not writing your story

What does it take to be a writer?

Explore your strengths and weaknesses as a writer

Creativity feeds the soul

The miracle of creation

Brain Pickings

By popular demand, Maria Popova put together a periodically updated reading list of all the famous advice on writing presented here over the years, featuring words of wisdom from such masters of the craft as Kurt Vonnegut, Susan Sontag, Henry Miller, Stephen King, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Susan Orlean, Ernest Hemingway, Zadie Smith, and more.

Over the years, Maria Popova’s  endless fascination with daily routines of writers, found herself especially intrigued by successful writers’ sleep habits — after all, it’s been argued that “sleep is the best (and easiest) creative aphrodisiac” and science tells us that it impacts everything from our moods to our brain development to our every waking moment.

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