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Sep
23
Frank Ball

Use Seven Simple Steps

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The simple acronym SCOOP IT UP will help you identify the important parts for building your story in a few sentences, several pages, or a book: (1) Situation, (2) Character, (3) Objective, (4) Obstacle, (5) Plight, (6) Insight & Transformation, (7) Unresolved Problem. Understand these areas, and you can determine what details are important to your audience and what should be left out.
  For your story to be captivating, it must have an interesting Situation in which a Character has an important Objective in which he or she faces a significant Obstacle, putting the outcome in doubt. The Plight, showing great cost for failure and great value for success, must carry the audience through an emotional journey that leads to the character’s Insight and Transformation in which each failure or success results in an Unresolved Problem.

  A great story has been, and always will be, about a character facing conflict and the suspense of not knowing what’s going to happen next. — James Scott Bell

For more about SCOOP, Click Here.

Sep
19
Frank Ball

Pirate Day

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Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Avast, me hearties, ye dare not miss such a day. If ye’re thinkin’ ye might like a pirate party, t’day be a mytee good day.

For the official “Talk Like A Pirate Day” website, Click Here.

Sep
16
Frank Ball

Satisfy Your Audience

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Writing instructors often say, “Show, don’t tell.” Do we really know what that means? Do we know how to do it? Do we know why instructors keep stressing its importance?
  If we can understand the goal and why it exists, we have a much better chance of getting there.
  “Show, don’t tell” is a modern concept. The need developed as movies and television became more and more realistic. The screen is now so captivating that viewers forget they’re watching. They feel like they’re in the scene. The thrill of victory and agony of defeat are as real as if it’s happening to them. No longer are they distant observers. They’re personally engaged, facing threats that make their hearts skip a beat, at the end, feeling like heroes.
  The old, literary style has been acceptable for ages, but not anymore. With an old book, one of the classics, readers are thrown back into their seats as observers. Landscape, weather, and other physical aspects of a scene are described, putting them to sleep because the information isn’t crucial in whether the character will survive.
  Readers want to be part of the action.
  To satisfy your audience, you must write your story from the perspective of the main character in the scene, not as an observer.

Sep
12
Frank Ball

Halftime

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Are you ready for a little football?
  On Super Bowl Sunday, we expect a spectacular halftime show, but you may like this one better. At the Penn State game on October 26, 2013, the Ohio State University marching band got everybody’s attention with their “Hollywood Blockbuster Show,” with more than sixteen million YouTube views.
  You’ll love watching it all the way to the end, with no commercial breaks.