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Writing in Your Personal Voice

At a Glance

  • This webinar is for writers who want to find their unique voice and distinguish their brand.
  • Learn the less romantic notion of voice where you create a consistent script that would be impossible to come from anywhere else.
  • Stand out from the crowd in contests and queries.

ABOUT THE WEBINAR

We break down voice into two steps. First, you will learn how to draw from the essence of your story to organically derive surprises and reversals that create an inner consistency and unity in tone and style. When your script is “faithful to itself” and the foundational pillars of concept, theme, character, and location, it will have a unified voice. This won’t necessarily lead to your personal voice or deep personal expression but it will create a unique story.

The more romantic notion of your personal voice is when you can strip falsity and cliché from your storytelling so that you can reveal world, characters, story, or yourself with nuanced complexity and humanity. This authenticity impacts an audience in a surprising meaningful way.

A script’s “fidelity to itself” -- its ability to spin clever and integrated surprises from its setup -- isn’t sufficient to bend the “voice of the script” toward your personal voice. It’s not just where you end, but where you begin. Your personal voice requires more control over your premise, its setup and, often, how you tell the story. To be more uniquely you, your script must contest prevailing limitations that could include the status quo of modern cinema and of the real world.

This seminar delivers concrete tools and principles to use to develop your personal voice as a storyteller.

Jim wrote The Craft of Scene Writing: Beat by Beat to a Better Script, the first-ever screenwriting book that focuses solely on scene writing. Renowned author and story guru Michael Hauge praised the book: “(Jim) reveals every component of a well-written emotionally powerful scene.”

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

  • How to use genre as a bridge to your personal voice
  • Why sporadic iterations of your personality, quirkiness, or deep-seated passions are not enough to sustain a script and define your voice
  • Achieve absolute idiosyncrasy by merely staying true to 4 elements of your story
  • The importance of specificity ... it creates the best opportunities for payoffs
  • The obstacles that impede you from writing an honest and personal story
  • How to be subversive and personal in a seemingly conventional script
  • Disciplined creativity and the ability to color within your own lines to ensure your script accomplishes what it is intended to do
  • How to avoid the faux masterpiece
  • You’re most personal story often becomes your most universal

WHO SHOULD WATCH?

  • Writers who want their work to stand out
  • Storytellers who are currently tackling an extremely personal story
  • Screenwriters struggling with making a political or thematically profound script more dramatic and less didactic
  • Writers who want to innovate or transcend current genres
  • Writers ready to write their magnum opus
  • Writers who want to learn how to put “more of themselves” into their work
  • Screenwriters, novelists, playwrights, fiction writers

Product Details

Return Policy

Your satisfaction is our top priority. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, please return the item(s) for an exchange or refund within 30 days from the purchase date, unless otherwise noted on the product page.

Ship the item(s) to The Writers Store via a traceable and insured method. You will be responsible for return shipping fees.

Please include a completed Return Form with your shipment. Refunds take up to one week to process once we have received the item(s).

Software returns must be deactivated and uninstalled from your computer before a refund may be issued. Please contact the software manufacturer if you need assistance uninstalling or deactivating your software.

The following items are not returnable: Hollywood Creative Directories, DVDs (opened), and Gift Certificates.

Meet the Author: Jim Mercurio

Jim Mercurio is a writer, author, screenwriter, and filmmaker. His book The Craft of Scene Writing is the first-ever screenwriting book that focuses solely on scenes. He has directed or produced five feature films and has helped countless writers as a teacher, story analyst, and script doctor. He directed more than 40 DVDs on screenwriting, including his own 6-disc set, Complete Screenwriting. One of the country’s top story consultants, Jim works with Oscar-nominated and A-List writers as well as beginners.

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