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How screenplay writing differs from other forms of writing

Do have a great idea for a feature film or a made-for TV movie? How about a TV sitcom or animated feature? Or even a stage production? Great! But there are ways to go about it and ways to NOT go about it. One of the things that you have to remember about getting started in the screenplay biz is... More

How to paint by numbers

Painting by numbers is a very good introduction to painting, with all the hard work taken out of the process. The kits which are available on the market have different levels of ability, and from the small child embarking on painting for the first time to the adult looking for a hobby, painting... More

How to write and develop the climax in a short story

Starting at the end where the impact is needed When Lewis Carroll used the expression "Begin at the beginning, and end at the end" in Alice in Wonderland, little did he know how that catchphrase would be quoted over the centuries. In fact, when writing a short story, the ending is where the... More

Blank page to inspiration: The writers odyssey

Staring at a blank page to become inspired is a losing battle for me. In order to get over this hurdle, I write down every oddball thought, every insane musing, ever fragmented idea and then I begin building my piece. Granted, many times my original inspiration gets lost in the words that flow... More

How to write perfect paragraphs for personal essays

Writing effective paragraphs for your essay There is nothing worse than to focus on a piece of writing for days and have it not be good enough because the body refused to support the main idea. Previous how-to articles have pointed out that the thesis statement is most important and the... More

How to identify a primary reference

Filtering information to find the source Primary references are those from which information originates. As explained by Princeton University, secondary references then analyze these initial documents, making them once removed from the event. In the world of knowledge-based writing, this makes... More

How to Write in Third Person

Using Third Person Point of View Properly When writing fiction, there are four "voices" or points of view from which to choose. First person, second person, third person and omniscient. Perhaps the most popular and frequent choice, third person point of view is also probably the easiest to master... More

How to write footnotes in MLA style

Using footnotes and endnotes The Modern Language Association (MLA) offers a method for crediting sources in an academic or research paper. One of the most common methods of citation uses footnotes on the text page where the information appears. Marking the material requiring citation with a... More

How to find subliminal messages

Finding what is hidden in plain sight Subliminal images are pictures, characters, and symbols hidden within a larger picture. The intent is to get into the viewer's mind while bypassing any initial defense mechanisms. While some people are pretty good at spotting them others can spend a lifetime... More

How to build up your own stock of copyright free images

Finding copyright free images on the Internet to illustrate your articles or blog entries can be frustrating. Not only is it rare to find exactly the image you need, but you still have the worry of possibly violating copyright if you can't really trust the source. Generic copyright free images... More