Elevator Pitch

You’ve got your world and the interesting circumstance, you know the medium you’re going to set the story in and which genre it’s going to fall under. You know your main protagonist and your main antagonistic force. It’s time to put it all together. The Elevator Pitch or Log-line, if you don’t know it, is…

Protagonist and Antagonist

The final part of your recipe is to have a sense of the main conflict that’s going to drive the narrative. You might well have touched on this in coming up with your ‘twist’ in the world idea but it’s worth taking a moment to spell it out. A hero who wants something Your protagonist…

World and Idea

Now you know your medium (script or prose) and your genre (namely the primary feeling you’re promising the audience) you are ready to define the world and the idea. Your World A story needs to be set somewhere. This setting could be a particular location– a hospital, an alien planet, a haunted house – but…

Genre

A genre is simply a promise to an audience about how they’re going to feel. Picking a genre and remembering to deliver on it can be really helpful

Getting Started

Getting started when writing can be the hardest part. No it’s not just you. One of my favourite descriptions is from Bill Lawrence in his excellent BBC Maestro course. He describes writing as “something nice to have finished”. But he also describes it as “staring into the abyss.” It can feel like that at times.…

flowchart of how to pick a medium

Choose a Medium

No, not someone to help you communicate with the dead. A medium, like one of the media. If you want a tl;dr: Here’s a chart One of the first things you’re going to have to decide when writing creatively is which medium you’re going to work in. The first thing anyone wants to know about…

Welcome to the Writer’s Toolkit

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