Are you interested in writing a book or screenplay based on personal experience? I've been helping people
turn true stories into great writing for twenty-five years, and I've recently decided to share my passion
through articles, workshops, seminars, and a book, Shaping True Story into Screenplay
In my work as a story analyst, I often come across material based on real people and real lives. Only
rarely do these manuscripts and screenplays manage to take imaginative leaps, create memorable characters, and weave complex
storylines into cohesive dramatic narrative. This is because it's tough to achieve the necessary distance when transforming
reality into story.
Using a methodical, yet intuitive approach, you can achieve that distance by focusing on the themes of
your story and letting that serve as a springboard for plot and character. Sometimes, this also means letting
go of some of the "facts" in order to find the "truth." Often, it means taking what you know, and travelling with it into the unknown.
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