Five-Minute Film Festival


Three Anti-Social Skills to Improve Your Writing

You need social skills to have a conversation in real life, but they're quite different from the skills you need to write good dialogue. Nadia Kalman suggests a few "anti-social skills," like eavesdropping and muttering to yourself, that can help you write an effective dialogue for your next story.


The Case Against 'Good' And 'Bad'

Don't take the easy route! Instead, use this little trick to improve your writing -- let go of the words "good" and "bad," and push yourself to illustrate, elucidate and illuminate your world with language.


How to Build a Fictional World

Why is J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy so compelling? How about The Matrix or Harry Potter? What makes these disparate worlds come alive are clear, consistent rules for how people, societies -- and even the laws of physics -- function in these fictional universes. Author Kate Messner offers a few tricks for you, too, to create a world worth exploring in your own words.


What Makes A Hero?

What trials unite not only Harry Potter or Frodo Baggins, but many of literature's most interesting heroes? And what do ordinary people have in common with these literary heroes? Matthew Winkler takes us step-by-step through the crucial events that make or break a hero. This clip will help you get a better understanding of the YA books and movies you enjoy, and may help take your creative writing to the next level.


Recommended Web

  'Famous Writers on the Creative Benefits of Keeping a Diary' by Maria Popova.
  Placing Literature allows you to map a scene from a novel, to explore a location through the literature it inspires, and to experience writing in a real way through the maps created by other readers.

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