And Then Something Startling Happens

For those of you who are writers, what do you think is the most important part of telling a story?  Is it having compelling characters?  Is it setting the story in an interesting location?  Todd Klick seems to think that it’s all about the pacing, and we agree with him.

As a screenwriter and a film fanatic himself, Klick has written and delivered one of the most useful tool a writer can pick up.  Aimed toward screenwriters but beneficial for any fictional writer, Something Starling Happens: The 120 Story Beats Every Writer Needs To Know is a dive right into the world of storytelling and how it can go from flat to fabulous.

In Something Startling Happens, Klick breaks down over 300 movies into the standard beats, explaining to his readers how they all use the same minute-by-minute blueprint.  It doesn’t matter if the movie is “Juno” or if it’s “The GodFather”, they all use the same pattern in their storytelling.

Currently sitting at a 5 star rating on Amazon, many other writers seem to agree that Klick’s book is just the ticket to kickstart your writing.  Whether you’re a newbie or a veteran, there’s something for everyone in Something Startling Happens.

To get a taste of the kind of advice Klick offers, you can check out his website  Writer Wrench is designed to consolidate all of the best tips for writing into one convenient location.  According to Klick himself, Writer Wrench offers a decade’s worth of collected links to share.

Klick currently is the Vice President and Directory of Story Development for White Oak Films.  He has recently signed a deal with the Hallmark Channel, and four of his screenplays are currently optioned.  Be sure to become a fan of the book on their Facebook page and follow Todd Klick on Twitter.

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