Any professional writer, particularly when writing fiction in prose or screenplays, will tell you that it is not always easy to create good stories. I think this is especially true if you don’t have an outline, but then I’m not a “pantser” by nature. However, even with an outline, it’s easy to write your character into a situation in which you have no idea where to go next.
Make no mistake, I am by no means a professional filmmaker. However, as an aspiring screenwriter and a person with a minor disability, I’ve had to learn the art of letting go of doubt and moving on to the next phase if I want to truly embrace my craft.
My journey as a mystery fiction writer began with an adult education course. That’s where I learned storytelling basics and met people who would end up forming my first writers group.
While I was in the process of writing my first novel, I happened to find a book called How to Write Killer Fiction by Carolyn Wheat. This spelled out the characteristics of a mystery story versus a suspense or thriller story.
This video is the first in a series I’m doing on writing tips for prose fiction vs. screenwriting.
I’ve been in the process of learning to make videos. I even took a course on making short documentaries on your iPhone. Even though I have a fancy camera that I’ve hardly used, I find it very easy to make an iPhone video. Here’s how I do it.