Compulsive Writer

Tasty Morsels for Writers

Save the Cat: The Last Book on Writing Painfully Banal PG-13 Hollywood Comedies You’ll Ever Need

This book provides the perfect guide to writing movies I loathe. Key example movies in this book made me want to hurl pointy objects at the screen when I saw … Continue reading

June 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

10 Things About Books That Only Smart People Understand. Number 6 Is So True

Why do those clickbaity titles cluttering up your internet just lead to lame videos and lists of the best kinds of vegemite from the 80s? What if they led to something … Continue reading

June 14, 2015 · 2 Comments

My characters have hijacked my plot

How often have you heard a writer say that they started writing to an outline, but the characters had their own ideas, and before they knew it, their protagonist had … Continue reading

June 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Is that scene working? Scene analysis template to the rescue! (now with bonus llamas)

You know that feeling? When you have been staring at that scene for so long that all you see are words? You know it needs improving, but you don’t know where … Continue reading

June 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Facing the empty page

Ideas have my fingertips tingling.  I need a keyboard.  I need to get started.  But now I’m here my fingers freeze.  Ideas that were fully formed at 4am, or when stuck in traffic, are now amorphous. … Continue reading

February 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Where did my pants go? (or why I outline)

I hated planning.  I wrote because I wanted to write.  I wanted to feel the excitement of the story unfolding as I wrote it.  This way of writing is called … Continue reading

August 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

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