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How to use loglines to focus your writing

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No matter how experienced a writer you are, sometimes your writing takes too much of a life of its own. Your writing rambles, it lacks focus, it doesn’t lead the reader anywhere.

It’s frustrating when that happens, especially when the idea underlying that writing is sound. But how can you focus that piece of writing?

There are a number of techniques you can try to get around that problem. But one that I’ve been experimenting with lately shows a lot of promise. That technique involves writing loglines.

Curious? Then read on.

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5 reasons to learn the basics of screenwriting

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While I have no ambition to become a screenwriter, I’m fascinated with movie and TV scripts. Screenwriting is, to me anyway, an interesting form of writing. I’ve read a number of scripts over the years and have marveled at the skill and craft involved in writing a script.

Scripts aren’t (contrary to what some people have said) difficult to read. But they can be difficult to write. But whether you’re an aspiring screenwriter or not, it’s definitely a good idea to learn at the least the basics of that form.

Why? Here are five reasons.

Write in point form to break through a block

Writing in point form

There are times when you just can’t write. It’s not writer’s block, but something just as bad. The words are in your head but they come out … well, not in the way that you want them to.

That’s been happening with me lately, with my latest ebook project. I’m engaged in the subject, have a solid outline, and the ideas are in my head. But when I try to type them out, no amount of rewriting or editing brings the words together in the way that I want them to.

While trying to overcome this obstacle, I rediscovered a technique that worked for me in the past: writing in point form. Doing that gets the ideas and words out of my head and about 85% of the way to where I want them to be.

Let me share this technique with you.

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