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Questions, answers, and comments preserved from the discussion forum on the original Soul of Your Story Academy website.

Characteristic type of intent

What is the distinction between the "type of intent" and the "characteristic type of intent"? Started by Katherine Condit on 2015-11-05 at 16:39 I have a question regarding the distinction between the 'type of intent' and the 'characteristic type of intent'. I've identified the type of intent for my main character but how is the 'characteristic...

Our Town (1938)

Who is the main character in Thornton Wilder's "Our Town"? Started by Frank Fetters on 2015-02-26 at 14:39 Recently, a friend of mine asked me to read a screenplay he had written, and it was his assertion that all the inhabitants of the town who were the screenplay’s protagonist, which I interpreted to mean “Main Character”. This assertion jogged...

The Playwright Purging Page

I have a conceit I've used on all my full-length plays. I add a page of text at the end that is my commentary on my play. This allows me to to share my vision of a moment or moments. Started by Bernard Rice on 2015-01-21 at 09:54 I have a conceit I've used on all my full-length plays. I add a page of text at the end that is my commentary on my...

Removing Clutter

When writing, I've wrestled with how to focus on some things (like a character) and not others. Recently, I read a writing book that said: The focus will be sharp, not because it is narrow, but because it is specific. Started by Bernard Rice on 2014-12-27 at 08:30 A while back, I posted a question in the "Ask the Author" part of this forum...

Parentheticals (questioningly)

When and how much should one use parentheticals when writing dialogue in a play? I've always heard that it's overreach to do so, but a mentor of mine has suggested I use more of them. Thoughts? Started by Bernard Rice on 2014-12-09 at 14:57 So... One of my mentors who's accomplished and very canny made a suggestion that surprised me. He suggested...

Stranger than Fiction (2006)

This is always a really interesting work to me. One of the few movies that you love more as you analyze it. Started by Mackenzie Worrall on 2014-10-19 at 22:04 I'd like to nominate Stranger Than Fiction (2006) for analysis. I've studied in before in terms of its plot structure and I'd love to see how it fits into the grok approach. This is always...

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