In 1951 the film Rashomon, by famed Japanese director, Akira Kurosawa, premiered at the Venice Film Festival and changed storytelling forever. Rashomon created a revolutionary plot device called the Rashomon Effect. Learn how to use the Rashomon Effect!
What’s plot? Discover the definition of plot, different types of plots, the various elements of a great plot including Vonnegut’s story shapes!
Let’s talk about the elements of story. What specific elements do succesful stories have in common? And, what elements do you want in your story?
Kishōtenketsu is a story told in four parts. It is a Japanese story structure that doesn’t need conflict to tell a story! Learn to write without conflict
Learn how to use the 12 steps of the Hero’s Journey to structure plot, develop characters, and write riveting stories that will keep readers engaged!
Learn the art of world-building in your sci-fi, fantasy or alt-history story with these 10 key elements of world-building!
What do Clueless, Wonder Woman, and Game of Thrones have in common? Amazing character arcs! Learn the secrets of writing your own perfect character arc.
Want to write a killer plot twist? Learn seven proven tips to help craft a winning plot twist for your story, screenplay, or novel.
External conflict vs. internal conflict. Find out what both these terms mean and how to use them to bring your fictional characters to life!
Learn the power of nonlinear narratives, and how the best authors this tool to create themes and highlight character arcs!