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In one of my favorite movies, ‘The Count Of Monte Cristo,’ innocent, protagonist, Edmund ends up in prison. He meets another prisoner, The Priest, who asks him to help him escape. In return, he would offer Edmund something priceless. “My freedom?” Edmund asks. The Priest responds “no, freedom can be taken away, I offer you knowledge.”

Because of recent events, we know how easily our freedom can be taken away and how knowledge or more specifically wisdom is so valuable. To gain wisdom you start by being a good student.

A good student doesn’t have to be that super genius…


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If you’re like me you have this story that you’re dying to share and you go to bed thinking about it. And if you’re like me, then you have a whole bunch of excuses why you can’t make that movie right now. The most famous excuses are, I don’t have the time and I don’t have the money. It’s true. You need time and money to make a movie, I mean an average marvel movie budget can be over 300 million dollars. If you’re like me then you let that stop you.

I came to terms with my perfectionistic self…


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There are some really creative stories out there. Stories that make you wonder about the brilliant or slightly disturbed mind that came up with them. I couldn’t even begin to tell you some of the mind-bending plot ideas that are out there, such as a family trying to survive in a vacant town where monsters kill you if you make any noise or a story about a person trying to get away with murder who physically cannot lie. I mean who comes up with this stuff!?

Coming up with a plot idea is a challenging task. Every possible story has…


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I was talking to some friends earlier today. They were expressing their fervent admiration for ‘The Lord Of The Rings’ series. If anything ‘The Lord Of The Rings’ is a giant of a story. I can imagine it being quite an undertaking writing those movies with their complex plots and many characters.

The most common advice one receives when one wants to write a novel is to simply sit down, pick up your pen or your computer, and write. And I’m sure it is sound advice but when writing a screenplay you can not just sit down and write. I…


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What comes first the story or the character? I would argue that the main character is the story. A story without a protagonist is no story at all, its just a setting and a series of events that no one will care about. If you are writing a film, your protagonist is the single most important part. If your audience doesn’t connect with the protagonist they don’t connect with the story.

All the best stories have a strong protagonist, can you imagine ‘Forrest Gump’ without Forrest Gump.

Here are the three most essential things a strong protagonist needs.

A Back Story


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Why does everyone know who Anakin Skywalker is, or even better question, why do so many care? And if I said, “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse,” what do you think of? Even if you haven’t seen ‘The Godfather’ I’m sure you imagined a raspy-voiced gangster in a tuxedo. Final question, why did my heartbreak in two when Tony Stark died in ‘Avengers: End Game?’

Are people really moved by these events? Or maybe it’s just me.

Am I the only one who cares about these fictional people in a fictional world? I can’t be, because all…


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I dedicated the month of March to develop a portfolio of skills and experiences to become an asset to my future company. I wanted to focus on building skills such as communication, content creation, social media management, writing copy and community building. To accomplish this I chose a project specifically to learn those skills.

The Project

I decided to build a consistent and cohesive brand and practice advertising for it using social media. I created a website/blog that provides tips, resources, and encouragement to students competing in speech and debate. I named it The Unbeatable portraying a message that there is something…


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At my job, managers regularly post on social media. They would post whenever they got a new product or because our store wasn’t as busy at that moment.

I knew that there must be a more organized and efficient way of creating and showcasing content. For the month of March, I dedicated myself to a project to learn how to make an organized and efficient system for connecting to a following. I made a social media calendar to advertise for my website which provides advice and encouragement for students competing in speech and debate.

Step 1: Make A Plan

I’m a big planner. Before I…


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For the month of March, I have dedicated myself to developing a portfolio of hard and soft skills such as time management, website building, design, content creation, writing copy, and social media management. To accomplish this I created a project to learn and develop these marketing skills.

For my project, I am focusing on content creation and building a social media calendar. I built a website and Instagram account advertising competitive speech and debate tools and resources. It also focuses on encouraging speech and debate competitors to focus on the long-lasting outcomes of competition more than the fleeting satisfaction of…


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For the month of March, I challenged myself with a project to build a portfolio of skills and experiences so I can create value in my workplace. It is week 2 of this project and it has already proved challenging. A few setbacks have crept up on me and I had to learn to adjust.

I am focusing on content creation and building a social media calendar for my website I have named The Unbeatable which provides encouragement, advice, and resources to students competing in speech and debate. …

Victoria Richard

I am a fiction writer, performer, teacher and speaker. I endeavor to write creatively and speak effectively.

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