All posts by "Christopher Pendergraft"

Christopher Pendergraft
StoryCrafter / Owner, SVRGN Media
BA, Creative Writing and English. MFA, Professional Screenwriting. Writer of screenplays and fiction. Film, music, literature, creative arts aficionado. Digital marketing strategist. Electronic musician -- sometimes.
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We've all been there -- a late night writing session and you're just staring at a blank screen (or piece of paper). It's not quite writer's block, because you know ...
Single best cure for writer's block

I haven't had writer's block in a very, very, very long time--thanks to a single strategy born from frustration. It's easy and bulletproof. Never suffer from writer's block again.

Is there inherent harm when a thirst for profit fuels the drive to create art? Let's explore the issue by taking a look at cinema's early history.

In our "Life as Narrative" series, we explore how storytellers use the happenings of their personal lives as the underlying philosophies of the stories they tell. In this article, we'll ...

James Dalessandro, the writing partner to Paul Haggis, one the nations’ most admired and influential filmmakers, has been creating unforgettable pieces of fiction since hitchhiking to San Francisco in the ...

Dramatic irony occurs when the audience has knowledge that the characters do not, putting them one step ahead in the plot. It's a powerful tool that all writers should learn ...

The ideas and themes in cinema—being part of the global collective knowledge base—contains a number of truths that you can apply to your role as a business leader or entrepreneur, ...

As storytellers, we learn best from other storytellers. They can guide us on how to construct compelling narratives, create interesting characters and write dialogue that pops off the page. If you are serious ...
Create unique characters using these techniques

For writers, creating unique and compelling characters is one of the most important and difficult aspects of writing a story. Readers will often forgive a story for having weak or ...

What I find most interesting is the fact that documentaries are generally considered more “truthful” than biopics even though the documentarian has more tricks at their disposal to trick the ...