Smarter Story Structure (online course)

Write Addictively Entertaining Stories—Faster

With my online course, Smarter Story Structure, you’ll learn practical tips for overcoming plot problems like these in your screenplay or novel:

  • the story starts too slowly (according to a Goodreads survey, 46.4% of readers abandon novels for this reason)
  • the story doesn’t get going until halfway through (this happened in almost a quarter of scripts read by a studio reader in a year)
  • the middle “runs out of gas” (even John Grisham admits this is a tricky issue)
  • the climax doesn’t deliver fireworks, merely sparklers
  • the story is the right length…but isn’t a good read (uh-oh)

Enroll today and learn how to use story structure to get on audiences’ good side. Click on the button below to learn more:

Screenwriting Tips–Scribe Meets World Has the Jackpot

Storytelling Tips from Scribe Meets World

If you’re looking for screenwriting tips, Scribe Meets World could be your treasure trove. It’s a blog focusing on screenplay writing & screenplay format, with an emphasis on staying inspired as you navigate your screenwriting journey.

Many aspiring screenwriters have a decent understanding of the craft, and are thisclose to cultivating the skill level necessary to sell their screenplays — if only they hung in there a little longer and persisted. I think persistence, not talent, is the key to screenwriting success.

But it’s not easy to stay motivated. Grappling with blank pages — shaping and molding them — until they form (a) a captivating story with (b) compelling characters who (c) inspire and entertain us in (d) a way that’s never been done before and in (e) less than 120 pages…is a daunting process.

That’s where Scribe Meets World comes in. I hope this blog will keep you motivated and inspired to make that jump from amateur to professional.

So what else differentiates this screenwriting blog from the others? Glad you asked.

Screenplay vs Film

Writing, even if it’s eking out one insipid page, is hands down, the best way to master the art of screenwriting. But there are other methods too. You should:

The last is where Scribe Meets World really hopes to shine, because I’m going to do the legwork for you. Every Tuesday, I’ll share the screenwriting tips I learned by comparing a screenplay to its corresponding film. Hopefully, we’ll both benefit from the fruits of my labor. Which leads me to distinguishing aspect #2:

Blockbuster Movie Plot Points

On Thursdays, I plan to post a list of the plot points from the movie I analyzed on Tuesday. If your response is less than enthusiastic, let me try to convince you that these lists are an amazing gift, even more amazing than an Amish fireplace.

Truth? Amateur screenplays are notorious for their poor structure. But there’s a simple way to improve your mastery of screenplay structure.

Take my list of plot points, and write down each plot point onto an index card. Divide these index cards into columns so that the last card in every column is either a major turning point or an Act break. If you do this regularly, you should develop an intuition for screenplay structure that will make plotting your own screenplays 10 times easier.


Besides screenwriting, I’m fascinated by psychology & business theory (mostly perspectives on productivity). I plan to apply these two lenses to your standard assortment of screenwriting tips to provide a new point of view that’s valuable to you. And finally…


Ah, voice. That mysterious ingredient that is the hallmark of great writing. You see, I’m not just going to share screenwriting tips with you. I’m going to do it with light humor & boundless optimism…which should buoy your spirits as you prepare to launch your script into the world…

Keyboard by John Ward

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  • Danny June 26, 2011, 2:28 pm

    I am so glad to have found your blog. It’s helping me so much! I’ll be staying tuned to your blog.

    • scribemeetsworld June 27, 2011, 11:58 pm

      Thanks Danny!

      I hope you do visit the site again soon…posting should increase in frequency by the end of July 🙂

  • Bo July 31, 2012, 1:17 am

    I like this site..I predict this to be a great starting point for my idea..Thank You…now lets go.

    • scribemeetsworld July 31, 2012, 11:04 pm

      Hi Bo,

      I’m glad you like Scribe Meets World. Let me know if there are any screenplays you’d especially like to see analyzed. Good luck with your idea!

  • Jason November 26, 2012, 8:07 pm

    Hi. Great site.
    With all the inter-page linking I can get as lost on here as I can on the TV Tropes website and end up with 5-6 tabs opened at once to read 🙂


    • scribemeetsworld November 27, 2012, 5:00 pm

      Hi Jason,

      I’m so glad you’ve found the site to be helpful! I agree, TV Tropes is great! Please let me know if there’s a movie you’d like to see analyzed on Scribe Meets World.

  • Barbara Murphy April 18, 2013, 10:32 pm

    Finding this website was like stumbling onto a gold mine. Practical, well written, well organized, easy to navigate. Thanks for sharing you insights!

    • scribemeetsworld April 20, 2013, 9:49 pm

      Hi Barbara,

      Glad you’ve found the site helpful! Please let me know if you’d like to see a particular movie analyzed on Scribe Meets World.

  • C J June 11, 2013, 7:02 pm

    . . . you are an absolute blessing to share with us this “treasure trove” — hope to be making greater use of your expertise in future.

    • scribemeetsworld June 12, 2013, 12:08 pm

      Thanks CJ! I appreciate the kind words.

  • Tommy June 12, 2013, 9:14 pm

    Soooo glad I came to this site! Worth every penny for the thorough notes! I’ve made several drafts of my current screenplay and thought there would be NO WAY I’d get several pages of notes, but I did. And all 14 of them hit the nail right on the head! I would recommend this site to ANYBODY who’s writing a screenplay!!!

  • Ryan May 13, 2014, 12:47 am

    I just discovered your site a week or two ago and I really like the info I get on each trip back. Lots of great tips and I always enjoy hearing/reading a fellow screenwriter’s point of view on the craft. Keep up the good work!


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