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NaNoWriMo Starter Beat Sheet

We’re officially in the final countdown for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) where writers across the globe challenge themselves to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November.  To take advantage of the last week of the month that’s been nicknamed “Preptober”, I’m sharing with you my NaNoWriMo Starter Beat Sheet. What’s a  … Read more


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Save the Cat! Beat Sheet Analysis of Taylor Swift’s “Cardigan” Video

Taylor Swift’s new album, folklore, is here and critics are already calling it her “storytelling album”. That seems to fit given that her first released video from the album, “Cardigan,” follows ALL of the key story beats!  I realize there’s about a zillion analyses and lyric interpretations floating around out there, as Swifties everywhere attempt  … Read more


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Beat Sheet for Disney’s Tangled

Written by: Dan Fogelman, based on the fairy tale by Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm Original Music by: Alan Menken Lyrics by: Glenn Slater Directed by: Nathan Greno, Byron Howard Genre: Buddy Love with a little “Golden” Fleece (or hair, rather) Opening Image: A 17-year old Rapunzel is in her tower… alone. Her only friend is a Chameleon named Pascal with whom she  … Read more


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