Tip Tuesday Round Up: Chekhov’s chopstick4 min read

by Sep 13, 2016Tips0 comments

A weekly round up of writing advice and inspiration.

Nothing in a film should happen without a reason. Every single thing is choreographed. There isn’t a chopstick on the table that isn’t meant to be there. Every comment, every wink of the eye, every nod of the head means something.”

This interview with screenwriter Eric Weinstock makes a great piece of inspiration for those trying to get a foot in the screenwriting business, exploring his origins, his early scripting mistakes, and how he went on to fix them.


Since we were adapting the story of the video game rather than writing a new story… We added a lot and fleshed out the world around it quite a bit, but having a path to follow made the plotting of it substantially easier than it would have been otherwise… I often like to have some boundaries, like “this character can’t die because we’ve seen them in the future,” or “these characters are married, so that has to be taken into consideration.”

Revelist catches up with two new writers currently tackling the world of Fables (a Plotist fave), a fascinating discussion which raises the challenges of comic-writing, video-game writing and adaptation. Plus lots of musing about fairytale morals, villains and putting characters in love through their hurdles!


Are you scared of what people will think? Are you finding it hard to find time in your day to sit down and put pen to paper or fingers to a keyboard? Are you unsure where to start? Is your inner-critic telling you you won’t be good enough even if you do start?”

Struggling to even get a story off the ground? Let HuffPost bombard you with some new, inventive methods until something sticks – I particularly like the idea of “morning pages”!


Initially you’ll need some space from the story. If you don’t take time away you’ll be too emotionally engaged with it. That will make it harder when you have to cut out that beautifully crafted (but completely unnecessary) scene where your heroine and super villain debate the pros and cons of feeding henchmen a nutritious breakfast.”

And to those of you who have already gotten your story off the ground and halfway to the shelf, how about making a start on your editing? Let Jenny take you through the first stage of this daunting process.


Everyone feels like it’s too late. Writers in their twenties say they feel their opportunities are slipping away. Even writers with shelves of awards and mile-long bibliographies don’t feel like they’ve made it.”

Following up from a few weeks back, here’s yet another encouraging story from a “late bloomer” writer in the latest issue of Clarkesworld. Kelly Robson talks at length about her long struggle into the world of sci-fi publishing (being broke, self-doubt, circling conventions) and lends buckets of encouragement for people walking the same path along the way.


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