Kootenai River in NW Montana, near Canadian Border

Kootenai River in NW Montana, near Canadian Border
photo by Gene Tunick of Eureka, Montana

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tip O'Day for Writers #166

Guest blogger Elisa Manalo-Simon says, “Story is king.”

My most inspired stories come from the heart. I’m a screenwriter, and it helps to craft a tale that can be experienced on several levels - evoking not only a vision, but also the sounds, the mood and the tangible things that bring about an emotional response. I start with an idea written out in one sentence. From that “logline” sentence, I expand into three acts in two pages. Two pages form the skeleton of the outline, beat by beat, scene by scene, into a series of sequences that form the screenplay.

When a story is effective, it has the capacity to entrance, enthrall and most of all, to teach and inspire an audience. They walk out of the theatre with an insight into the world they live in - or a window into another world they had never perceived existed. Writing a story is an art. Reading or watching the story can make us better people.

THAT is writing.

Check out Elisa’s website at www.storyartisan.wordpress.com

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