Defeating Amateurism: (Guest Muse, Robert Penn Warren)

Story Analysts, such as myself, often use the work "amateur" when writing about or discussing scripts. "This reads like an amateur script..." Or, "Such-and-such is clearly an amateur writer." So, do we mean this in the pejorative sense? Generally, yes. Is that fair? Probably not. While "amateur" can mean someone who isn't getting paid to …

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Putting the Story on the Road: The Profluent Expository Paragraph

  The most effective way to understand the profluent expository paragraph is to contrast it to the simple expository paragraph. The simple expository paragraph presents information that raises story expectations but does not initiate story momentum. It’s like a fish bowl filled with fish. Though it may contain action, its action does not trigger reactions …

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The Eight Essentials of Opening Paragraphs

Demystifying the Opening Paragraph Much is written about a story’s first paragraph and much of that is in terms of generalities; the foremost among them is that first paragraph must engage, must hook the reader so he will want to read on. The word, hook, however, has been so appropriated by and bandied about by …

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