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There’s no paint-by-numbers way to write a timeless song. If such a thing existed, songwriting textbooks would be flying off the shelves and almost anyone could write a Top 40 h...

Jun 3, 2019

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Writing an action screenplay requires more than just strong writing skills. In addition to being storytellers, action writers must also craft exciting action sequences to comple...

May 31, 2019

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Though it is regularly confused for a plot device, Chekhov’s gun is in fact a tool for writers to understand the use of detail in effective plot development. <br> What Is Chekho...

May 31, 2019

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There are a number of benefits to cooking with the affordable, versatile chicken thigh. In addition to being easy on the grocery bill, chicken thighs are also a flavorful, dark ...

May 31, 2019

Roasted chicken thigh with lemon and rosemary on black background

The various jars of bright red powders on the spice rack, from bold cayenne powder to flavorful paprika, may blend together in terms of appearance, but each brings a unique hit ...

May 31, 2019

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Audiences love to laugh and will remember laugh out loud funny lines of dialogue from movies for years to come. But writing comedy isn’t easy. A comedic screenplay has to have a...

May 31, 2019

Movie clapper with paper and pencil and coffee on wood

Science fiction is one of the most creative genres in literature. Sci-fi novels take readers on adventures from faraway galaxies to underwater worlds and everywhere in between, ...

May 31, 2019

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It’s easy to think of film and television productions as visual mediums, but there’s a significant amount of behind-the-scenes work that goes into an entirely different sensory ...

May 31, 2019

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Have you ever watched the blooper reel of a film and seen a little microphone dipping in from above the frame? That microphone—called a boom microphone—is held up by a member of...

May 31, 2019

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