Author: imanileo


The Breakfast Club

At this point, those who are film fanatics have watched or at least heard of the 1985 film The Breakfast Club. To sum up the basis of the story— five teenagers from different walks of life serve a day of detention together. There is Claire (the Princess), John (the criminal), Brian (the brain), Andrew (the…
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High School

The film, High School, accurately depicts the central embodiment of “total institutions,” an idea honed by Erving Goffman in his publication, Characteristics of Total Institutions. The features of this idea were that “first, all aspects of life are conducted in the same place and under the same single authority. Second, each phase of the member’s…
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Rebel Without A Cause

Who is really a chicken? Men who show emotions or the one fighting to hide feelings? American men face the dilemma of figuring out how to be an “ ‘authentic’ American man,” and it seems that avoiding being “soft” and weak is how one becomes ‘authentic’ (Mitchell 134). It seems weird, right? To think that…
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Creating an Outline for Any Story

After you’ve finished drafting the outline, you’re ready to start writing. Writing the entire story should be straightforward because you know what you’re writing towards, and all you have to do is fill in the details in between. The content in between gets you to each major point in the story that’s listed above.

Plotting Your Story Is The Key to Minimal Editing

Plotting each aspect of every story allows you to write the entire story in good time without having multiple holes in your story and without being unsure of where your story ends.

Audience Surrogate: Why you need a Character With All The Answers

An audience surrogate is a character that expresses all of the questions and concerns the reader may have. The reader and the audience can easily identify with this character.

Types of Conflict in Any Story

One major thing I had to redefine throughout my stories consistently were the types of conflicts due to me not continually refreshing myself on all seven kinds of conflicts.

Protagonist v. Antagonist

The protagonist is usually the ‘good guy’ or the center of the story. This person is the one who is driving the story and experiencing consequences from the decisions they’ve made in the story.

Every Character Deserves a Backstory

The backstory not only adds definition to the front story, it adds meaning to the character as well because it allows the reader to understand what the character was like in the past.

Deciphering The Elements of Dialogue

Generally, there are four elements of dialogue, and these elements help give it meaning.