Completing a screenplay or a novel can be overwhelming.
But it doesn’t have to be.
Hi. I’m H. R. D’Costa, and here on Scribe Meets World, I explain basic storytelling fundamentals–and complicated nuances–in an accessible, straightforward way.
With lots of examples. Lots and lots of examples.
If you’re a screenwriter or novelist who wants practical tips to maximize the commercial appeal of your story, this is the place for you.
Welcome, scribe, welcome!
Confused about story structure?
The sequence of events in your story can produce an extraordinary emotional experience for readers–or a dull one.
If you need help understanding story structure, first read this simple guide to the 8 essential plot points.
Then, refine your understanding with these articles on:
- the inciting incident
- a special trick to use at the midpoint
- the “all is lost” moment
- the story climax
Finally, download this 18-page story structure worksheet which will make plotting a breeze. (Already downloaded over 30,000 times by writers from around the world!)
Get a grip on storytelling basics…
…with these highlights from the Scribe Meets World archives:
- Story Stakes: 3 Crucial Questions You Must Ask About Your Hero’s Motivation
- Six Things That Need Fixing: Demystified!
- How to Write an Action Movie Tom Cruise Would Want to Star In
- Writing a Murder Mystery: Whodunit Secrets from Gosford Park
- 6 Raunch-Free Comedy Script Tips from Bridesmaids
- How to Write Masterful Exposition (with Examples from The Tourist)
- The Not-So-Sexy Success Tip Screenwriters Ignore at Their Peril
You can access additional writing articles by clicking here.
Need more advanced help?
If you want to go beyond the basics, here’s a good way to do it: read a screenplay and then compare it to its final film version.
(This, by the way, is also helpful to novelists who want to write commercial fiction; see the note below.)
Trust me. You’ll learn loads.
While beneficial, this activity is also time-consuming.
Save time and read my screenplay vs film breakdowns instead.
I’ve got to warn you: these articles are long and thorough. They’re for writers who are serious about developing their craft.
What if I’m a novelist? Can this site help me?
Although this website was originally intended for screenwriters, it’s always focused on the principles of sound storytelling (as opposed to screenplay format, for example).
What does that mean for you, as a novelist?
It means that when you come across phrases such as, “screenwriting tips,” “screenplay writing,” or “writing for movies,” in many cases, you can still benefit from the advice in those articles.
In other words, the content on this site can help you develop a commercial novel with the plot twists and compact structure of successful Hollywood films.
That being said, there are two caveats:
- You may have to adapt the tips to apply them to your manuscript.
- With rare exception (see this article on the secret to writing a bestselling novel), all of the examples on this website come from movies (or movies adapted from novels).
You may also be interested in…
…one of my comprehensive writing guides, which put core storytelling concepts “under the microscope.”
Click on a cover image to learn more:
I wish you much success on your storytelling journey.
Montblanc by Luigi Crespo