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I Wanna be Popular too, step #7.

In the end, climax with them. There is a reason every story has an antagonist, even if it isn't always a human being. To them (the audience) seeing the protagonist overcome, survive or triumph speaks to their own journey. With these 7 steps to engaging the audience any work can be popular too. In step… Continue reading I Wanna be Popular too, step #7.

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I Wanna Be Popular Too, Step #6.

Brutalize them during the plot. There's a reason reality television is still popular today. Part of it is the smaller production costs but the other reason is the audience (them) are fascinated by any story that could possibly be true. With these 7 steps to engaging the audience any work can be popular too. In… Continue reading I Wanna Be Popular Too, Step #6.

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I Wanna be Popular too, step #5.

Invest them in the world. A new writer understands the world must impress them (the audience) it’s real. A classic mistake is to believe for it to feel genuine their simulation must copy every aspect of our day-to-day lives. With these 7 steps to engaging the audience any work can be popular too. In step… Continue reading I Wanna be Popular too, step #5.

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I Wanna be Popular too, step #4.

Show them a unique protagonist. To be unique or not to be…that is the question on every writer’s mind when developing their protagonist. Are Andy, Bella and Don really so different compared to them (the audience) that they should be popular? With these 7 steps to engaging the audience any work can be popular too.… Continue reading I Wanna be Popular too, step #4.

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I Wanna be Popular too, step #3.

Touch them using theme. Theme unifies a work’s plot and character arcs in a relevant way for them (the audience). If a work is popular you’ll find at it’s heart a theme any and every audience can relate to, no matter the subject matter. With these 7 steps to engaging the audience any work can… Continue reading I Wanna be Popular too, step #3.

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I Wanna be Popular too, step #2.

Use point of view to seduce them. Point of view is the window through which the audience (them) interacts with a work. A writer can go to a lot of effort to craft a point of view that should be relatable, but their work isn't popular. With these 7 steps to engaging the audience any work can… Continue reading I Wanna be Popular too, step #2.

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I Wanna be Popular too, step #1.

Commit them in the setup. To be popular a work draws them (the audience) into their world and inspires them to participate in the plot with the characters. Everyone knows this but it’s not concrete enough to help a writer much with their own work. With these 7 steps to engaging the audience any work… Continue reading I Wanna be Popular too, step #1.

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I Wanna be Popular too: A Series

Or 7 Steps to Engaging the Audience... As a writer I've always desired to understand why a particular work is popular. If you ask a cross-section of your friends, you can gather a list of appealing elements they all agree they related to. When you delve into why those engaged their affections their reasons can… Continue reading I Wanna be Popular too: A Series

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Is this the Sherlock Holmes the World Knows?

Or 5 Losses from Modernizing the Quintessential Detective… Modernizing an old character is a simple way to gain a ready audience. Why? Because canon sells movie tickets. Canon banks on a protagonist's already established mythos, relationships and personality as well as the always evolving premises, settings, story lines and character arcs. An audience is excited by a re-imagined… Continue reading Is this the Sherlock Holmes the World Knows?

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Who in the World is Sherlock Holmes?

A beloved character comes together on the screen through production and writing choices. How do they work together to improve the quintessential detective in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows...