When to Use a Prologue

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@sylent_steel asks: @VikRubenfeld ah. Is the beginning off 1st Peter Jackson lotr movie considered s prologue? When movie intro'd sauron & how ring was lost? — R Cox (@Sylent_steel) January 25, 2015 I hadn’t seen the first LOTR since the film came out in 2001—but I was able to find the beginning on YouTube. Here it is: Yes, this is a … Read More

Distinguishing Features of Film/TV/Play Plots

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@wmdogar asks: @VikRubenfeld What're the distinguishing features of film/tv and play plots? — Waqas Masood (@wmdogar) January 10, 2015 An excellent question. Film, TV and plays are all forms of drama. The top characteristics of plot are identical to all three. (BTW, I teach how to break story for film/tv/plays/novels so as to maintain suspense and plot in all scenes.) … Read More

Using Criticism To Your Advantage

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@LordMatahari asks: @VikRubenfeld How do you deal with 2 different views (good & bad) about the same manuscript? I wanna fix it but some said it's not broken? — Mat Atahari (@LordMatahari) January 10, 2015 This is an excellent question. People offering criticism are providing great input. It’s up to us to make the best possible use of it. It … Read More

How Much of the World Do You Include in a TV Pilot Script?

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@imagechaos asks: @VikRubenfeld when conceptualizing an idea 4 a pilot, how much of the world do you plan 2 include in the script? How 2 avoid narration dump? — Andrew Eckhart (@imagechaos) January 7, 2015 This is an excellent question. It’s a great idea to have a world that is far bigger than can be included in the pilot script. This … Read More

How Many Characters is Too Many?

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Ray asks: In world building for an epic fantasy. I’m using the characters thoughts and actions (both heros and villains) to reveal more off the world. My biggest problem is too many characters. I already cut like 6. How can i tell if there are still to many? …and adds: @VikRubenfeld ty! Please keep in mind that i intendon writing … Read More

About Having Multiple Villains

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@Sylent_steel asked: @VikRubenfeld I'm writing a novel and putting a heavy dose of villains in act 2. Is that advised? — R Cox (@Sylent_steel) January 1, 2015 I replied: @Sylent_steel I love this question! Are the villains all working together? — Vik Rubenfeld (@VikRubenfeld) January 1, 2015 @Sylent_steel: @VikRubenfeld yes. All are part of same organization performing different functions and … Read More

Make Story Up as You Go, Or Work Backwards?

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@sharkimellow asked: @VikRubenfeld with stories that reveal something in the end, do you make it up as you go or do you work your way back and build up to it — Shaakira (@sharkimellow) December 19, 2014 To be sure, this is a matter of personal preference. At the same time, I replied: @sharkimellow In most cases it's better to … Read More

Tips for Novelists Interested in Writing for TV

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@sedoster asked: @VikRubenfeld Any tips for writers wanting to transition to tv? I write novels and comics, but know scripting for tv is much different. — KrazySlayer187 (@sedoster) December 30, 2014 This is a great question. And too big to be answered via Tweets alone. Here are a few tips. You can have a great novel without an antagonist (e.g. … Read More

All-Time Best Novels for Young Adults

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@bookuphoria asked: @VikRubenfeld What is one of your favourite novels of all time? Something you would recommend a young adult to read? — Rachel (@bookuphoria) December 17, 2014 I  replied: @bookuphoria I thought about this quite a bit. For young adults—Huck Finn, "All the Mowgli Stories" from The Jungle Books, &Sherlock Holmes. — Vik Rubenfeld (@VikRubenfeld) December 17, 2014 Timeless novels … Read More