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Neil Gaiman, the Author of the Sandman and American Gods, Shares His Writing Wisdom (part 2)

1. Neil recommends the following to help your world-building skills — Create a map of your world. — Avoid clichés and rip-offs. — Combine fresh ideas with old and already known ideas to create something unique. — Use your own life as inspiration. — Do research. 2. There are two basic types of narration that makeup exposition: — Scene narration — depicts characters in action or having a conversation. Use this method if you want to speed up pacing. — Dramatic narration — you describe what the character/s did while the events occurred offstage. Use dramatic narrative if you’re going to describe things or move over the action. 3. For creating the descriptive prose, Neil uses the following techniques: — Focus on your character’s sensory experience. — Choose memorable details. — Make your description do more than one thing. — Reveal less. — Consider withholding information. — Do a cold open (open your scene in the middle of the action.) — Follow your character’s natural attention and see where that is going to take you. 4. Humour can help you …

How to Set up a Crowdfunding Campaign?

Setting up your campaign First and foremost, give yourself time to build your campaign page. You can create your campaign over a few days or even weeks. You must remember that this is going to be your calling card and, if you are serious about your project, you must put a real effort and time into making sure that it’s as presentable, clear and representative of you and your project as possible. Whether you like it or not, people won’t judge your campaign based on what your best intentions are or what you had in mind while setting up your page. The first impression counts the most. Every crowdfunding website has different functions and different layouts, however, some general features overlap across all the platforms. Below you can find a list of the most common functions found across the most popular crowdfunding platforms. Promotional Video Have your campaign video ready before you go live. Before you sit down to make your campaign video do your research but don’t be put off by fancy and advanced editing, keep …

Neil Gaiman, the Author of the Sandman and American Gods, Shares His Writing Wisdom (part 1)

Neil Gaiman is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels and non-fiction books. His work includes amongst many other titles: The Sandman, American Gods, Stardust. Coraline, The Graveyard Book. 1. Use the following tools to make your characters, setting and scene stronger: — Give specific and concrete sensory details (Are your details specific enough? Can you make your details sensory?) — Use familiar alongside the unfamiliar. — If you are writing about the real world and real technology, avoid technical mistakes at all cost. — If something doesn’t feel right for you in the world you have created, let your character notice that because most likely it won’t be right for them either. 2. Pay attention to your character’s behaviour and their responses, which need to be in line with their personality. 3. The purpose of truth in fiction is to convert emotional truths in such way that is entertaining, helps a reader understand challenging times, makes them think differently about the world; and sometimes it can even change their lives. 4. …

What Is the Magic Key to Successful Crowdfunding Campaign?

Target Audience No product is for everyone, and it applies to films as well. Knowing who to direct your campaign to is part of your future success. Time is the only commodity we can’t get back, so focus your efforts on getting through to people who will be interested in your offer instead of trying to reach everyone. Knowing your target audience is vital in determining the best outlets, language and keywords for your posts, tweets and promotional material. It will help you establish the most effective marketing approach and distribution strategy for your campaign. Give yourself time to figure out who is your target/niche audience. Treat this as a part of the creative process that goes into running a successful crowdfunding campaign. Don’t start your campaign before you know exactly who is your inch audience is. Personal Support Another essential aspect of any crowdfunding campaign is to have a personal support team around yourself and your project. Surround yourself with people who believe in you and your idea. Find people who can pick you …

My Second Crowdfunding Campaign: “Anna & Modern Day Slavery”

Before I embarked on my 2nd crowdfunding campaign, I knew I needed a much simpler, compact script that was going to fit the non — to low budget model. That left me with two choices; either to re-write one of my scripts, which after many attempts I found really impossible to do, or to come up with another story that would be a better fit for a lower budget film. I chose the latter. Around the same time, I started reading a lot about sex and human trafficking, which led me to do more research about the subject. I quickly realized that I wanted to make a short film about sex trafficking. However, as it often happens with writing, I wrote way too much than a short film required. With a bit of adjustment, I turned my short script into a feature screenplay, which I decided to crowdfund the budget for. In March 2012, I began my 2nd IndieGoGo campaign. My target was $12500, which was only going to cover the production. I managed to …