8 Character Archetypes to Build Your Story Around

by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Many creators often confuse archetypes with stereotypes. While stereotypes confine who a character is, archetypes open up characters and cause us to relate to them on a deeply psychological level. They reinforce the mythic connection between an audience and the characters in a story. We see ourselves in archetypes. Author Jonah Sachs... Continue Reading →

3 Ways to Resurrect an Old Story

by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) It’s seldom discussed, but most writers must get a lot of bad writing out before any solid storytelling begins flowing from us. As we grow, we see our own development and tend to discard the stories we worked on earlier in our journey. While our writing style may have left much to... Continue Reading →

6 Ways to Research Your Story

by Angela Bourassa (@angelabourassa1) Write what you know. That's the old adage that every writer has heard a thousand times. But what does it really mean? Does it mean that your main character should be a version of yourself? No. It means that the best stories are the ones that feel authentic. If you have... Continue Reading →

The Storytelling of SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING

by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Debate has arisen in recent years over whether summer popcorn movies actually tell good stories or simply rely on eye-popping special effects, fast-paced editing that tricks the audience into actually believing they are going on a narrative journey, and big name movie stars. Certainly a case could be made for both sides... Continue Reading →

5 Ways to Use the Weather in Your Story

by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Depending on where you call home, the weather may be heating up right now. In Los Angeles, triple digits have started to creep into our forecast. Most writers enjoy crafting their stories in nice comfortable rooms, and because we usually seek out a pleasant environment when we write, it’s easy to forget... Continue Reading →

9 Story Lessons from Beauty and the Beast

by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is taking the box office by storm, as it has every time a new iteration of the story has been released. We could chalk the success up to brilliant casting, memorable music, or simply the magical wand of Mickey Mouse. But those familiar with the power of... Continue Reading →

3 Cures for the Third Act Blues

by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) I’ve lost count of the number of writers I’ve consulted with who got stuck after the second act of their script and never finished it. At first glance, this may seem surprising to those who couldn’t imagine stopping after getting through the drudges of the lengthy second act. But most of us... Continue Reading →

5 Story Lessons from Bold, Layered Women

by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Hollywood continues to struggle with representing stories from the many different perspectives found in our ever-changing world. Fortunately, the recent box office slate has offered narratives through the eyes of one of the most historically underrepresented voices in film – women. Women of varying ages, ethnicities, and occupations are being seen on... Continue Reading →

5 Ways to Use Robots in Your Story

by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Scientists and Futurists continue to debate the role that artificial intelligence will play in our future. Will we see technologically-crafted beings that are indistinguishable from humans? Will they eventually overcome us and force us into their servitude? Storytelling on the screen has long been concerned with the relationship between humankind and our... Continue Reading →

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