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Setting the scene

In Creative, Design, Film, Scriptwriting, Theater, Writing on July 13, 2013 at 10:17 pm

I love the opening first scene of the movie The Adjustment Bureau. A side silhouette of Matt Damon standing in perfect synergy to the arched backdrop. The colors. The tone. The vibe. The look. The feel. Even his attire doesn’t disturb the solemness in the air.

He is alone. In semi-darkness. In deep contemplation. Surrounded by beautiful historical architecture. Already you’re wondering why. What is he doing? What happens next?

It sets the scene for the story. You automatically feel a sense that this is his story. A journey into contemplating his purpose. In semi-darkness. In varied levels of confusion.

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The basics

In Copywriting, Grammar, Inspire, Language, Punctuation, Spelling, Writing on June 8, 2013 at 12:47 pm

It’s been a while, I know, and I apologize for that. There is no excuse, but I have been busy.

I also know that I have committed to a blog a month at least. Not only to you, but to myself. Just to keep the learning going.

It wasn’t that I was struggling for an idea for the next blog; or what I wanted to share. It was that I had all these ideas, and then upon reflecting on them, realized they fell short. Or at least I thought. You see, I got so excited about sharing them, I wasn’t even sure anyone else would get as excited. So those ideas are shelved. For now.

In my line of work, I come across different styles of writing in various degrees.

Sometimes I am thrown pages of content and my job is to clean it up. Structure the mess into something that half resembles a cohesive piece of work.

Suffice to say, the day is never dull.

I recently had to review a couple of pieces that got me thinking, and this sparked an idea for a blog.

And I apologize if it seems like it took me forever to get here, but I’m getting to the point.

If you’re still reading, great. Let’s continue.

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Writing vs. storytelling

In Creative, Writing on December 10, 2012 at 6:09 am

I recently attended a writers’ workshop and one of the topics discussed was the difference between writing and storytelling.

So it got me thinking about what makes an ordinary piece of writing into an extraordinary story.

Storytelling is the ability to hold captive an audience simply by using words. Or is it? Is it the story? Or the way you write the story?

Let’s explore, shall we?

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