Q. What is a Page One? A. This is a screenwriting industry term. A page one rewrite means to do a complete rewrite of the script, starting at page one.
Q. What is a theme and must I have one? A. The theme is the moral discussion or proposition of your story, for example, “Love conquers all,” (Rome and Juliet), or “People get what they deserve,” (The Scottish Play). Not every writer chooses to include a theme, but it can make your story powerful for […]
Q. What is the 3-act-structure and should I use it? A. The 3-act-structure is the beginning, middle and end of your story. This principle is said to have originated with Aristotle in his work The Poetics. It’s the most commonly used structure for a novel, short story, play or screen play. A successful work hangs on a […]
Q. I’m an unpublished author seeking representation. How long should my first novel be? A. You should keep it under 100,000 words. A longer novel is considered unwieldy and expensive to produce for an unestablished author. Within the limit, your novel will vary according to genre. For example, a novel for young adults (YA) is […]