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David Villalva-10.27-22
David Villalva-10.27-22

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I’m Dave.

Since 2009, I’ve been obsessed with the art and science of storytelling.

In 2015, I began helping creative writers at this site, and in 2023, I embraced generative-AI tools to craft stories at a pace and quality that feels like a dream come true.

Students have shared my way of:

“explaining plotting is the first time (they’ve) understood it” because it gave them “a handle on designing a plot framework and implementing it in a real and measurable way.”

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Read Time: 5 minutesToday we’re peeling back the layers of plot architecture. Think of this as a crash course in the three-act structure where two proven frameworks meet at the drafting table. So whether you’re a fan of Syd Field’s classic paradigm or Larry Brooks’...

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Read Time: 4 minutes Many people struggle to craft narratives that captivate audiences. But understanding human psychology gives you a creative edge. Here are 10 psychological levers iconic films use to transform stories into influence. 1/ Dialogue: The audible and...

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TSS #061: The Emotional Blueprint for Developing Magnetic Characters

Read Time: 3 minutesToday we're diving into the soul of your narrative:Characters. While the plot helps propel your story forward, it's the characters who give it depth and emotional weight. But what is the secret ingredient that keeps your audience engaged until The...

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