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These past several months, our content team has written over 20,000 trivia questions on 100s of movies, TV shows, video games and celebrities. We thought you might like a few pointers.

10. You cannot please everyone

It’s hard to balance questions between easy (for the casual fan) and difficult (for the die-hards). The casual fan wants to stay with what’s in the movie, and on the DVD case. The die-hard wants to be asked about the history of the film and its production, and probably has all the dialogs memorized. Be clear which type of fan you want answering a specific question correctly and get it out there. The fact that some people find the questions too easy does not mean others do not enjoy them.

9. Make each question stand on its own

Make it easy for someone to read your question and get everything they need to answer the question. It’s frustrating to have to browse up, down and around to get the context of an incomplete question. Don’t just ask the question: “Who punches first, the chicken or Peter?”. Someone playing will go, “Who’s punching chickens? What movie was THIS in?” You’ll probably get better reception if you ask: “On Family Guy, who punches first, the chicken or Peter?”.

8. Make every word count

How long do you scan the subject line of an email in your inbox before you decide to open it or trash it? 5 seconds tops? Same goes for a trivia question. Ask yourself if a user can scan your question in 5 seconds and get what it’s about. Make the question crisp, to the point. Pick a writing style. Be consistent with your choice of words so the user knows what you’re getting at easily.

7. Double-check your facts

Your mind can play tricks on you. You might remember something that didn’t actually happen. Try internet resources like Wikipedia and IMDB where you can read what others have said about a movie. Have you assumed something that isn’t there (or confused one character with another)? Checking facts is harder for newer movies, but definitely worth the effort. Remember, people really want that perfect score, and you don’t want a true trivia buff get upset at you for saying their correct answer was wrong.

6. Know your audience

Who is your question directed to? The horror movie buff? Or the Frat Pack fan? A 15 year old casual film goer? Or a 35 year old die-hard movie buff who’s watched every movie by a cult director in the theaters or on DVD the moment it comes out? As you think of your trivia questions, be clear on who you want answering your question correctly. That way, you can be sure that it challenges some who play, and educates others as well. It helps if you throw in a fun factoid about your correct answer, that pops up after someone has answered your question.

5. Mix it up so it never gets predictable

Here we are talking of the structure and grammar of your question. Let’s say you love the video game “Gears of War”. What if a string of 20 questions came at you, and every one of them started with: “In Gears of War, what…”. Wouldn’t that get boring? On the other hand, you will probably enjoy answering the same 20 questions, if each one was phrased a bit differently. Move the game title around in the questions to different spots. You will have more fun reading and playing, right?

4. Stay away from obscure numbers and fringe facts

People play trivia for fun, not to be quizzed on what they barely saw in a movie or game. So no trivia on that phone number that flashed in the middle of a thriller movie. Or the room number where the evil guy stayed in a horror film. A good way to not be obscure is to write trivia after seeing the film, than during the film. The film will confirm details, but don’t study every frame to dredge up facts nobody remembers. If you can’t explain why it’s important to the movie, then you probably shouldn’t do trivia on it.

3. A photo or image can be more than eye candy

There’s many a great trivia question hiding behind a photo that relates to the movie, or TV show or video game that you want to write about. If you do have a photo you could use, try crafting a question around the photo (instead of throwing in the photo later into the mix as an after thought).

2. Know how you want to be known

Do you want to be known as the ultimate expert on a specific movie, TV show, video game, actor or celebrity? Or are you a lover of a whole movie genre or pop culture area? If it’s the latter, then show your range with the depth and variety of questions that you submit. Remember, with every question you submit, you are developing your reputation within a community of fellow trivia and entertainment fans.

1. Don’t write when you don’t feel like it

The best trivia questions take life when your brain cells are popping with creative ideas. It’s no different than being in the mood for any form of creative writing, be it a short story, a blog post, a novella. Anything good that’s worth sharing with others just cannot be rushed. If it isn’t working for you, take a break, go for a walk. Then get back to it a bit later.

Finally, you’ve read all this, but still don’t feel like writing trivia questions? Then just don’t. You can always just play trivia games instead.

At Kwanzoo we have free trivia games for entertainment fans. You can play trivia games about your favorite films, tv shows or even video games. We invite you to come create your own trivia game, submit a single trivia question, or just play along with your friends.

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Microsoft Creative Writer 2.0


Amazon.com Product Description
Microsoft Creative Writer 2 is a desktop publisher for kids that’s packed with writing and drawing tools. Create your own stories, newsletters, festive cards, and illustrated book reports. Send your creations over e-mail, or turn them into Web pages and post them online. The creative possibilities are endless–and now it’s available in value packaging. Show off your writing by combing your words with illustrations, backgrounds, and musical themes to creat… More >>
Microsoft Creative Writer 2.0

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If a career in writing movie reviews is something that you think might be a good fit, it’s time to start looking at the movies you have. But the truth is that you probably already have plenty of DVDs and movies to practice with – if only they were organized. With a DVD organizer, you will be able to not only arrange your DVDs in a manner that makes sense for your reviewing goals, but that will also allow you to keep up with the latest trends in movies and in other types of productions. A great reviewer reviews as much as they can, and getting organized is the first step to a great career.

You Have to Watch Movies to Know Movies

It just makes sense that when you want to review movies, you need to watch movies. But if you’re like any film buff, chances are high that your DVD collection is getting out of hand. Though DVDs are cheap, they can begin to take up space after a while – and you can begin to forget what you own. With a DVD organizer or DVD organizer software, you will be able to easily sort your DVDs into genres, directors, or other subcategories. In doing so, you will be able to see what movies you have that you love and which ones you have that you do not love. You want to have a good balance between these two types of movies since reviews aren’t already written on the movies that are well done.

Polishing Your Writing Style

Once you have your DVD organizer in place and your collection under control, it’s time to learn how to write a movie review. This process starts by reading as many movie reviews as you can – New York Times, Washington Post, etc. Read all of the online movie reviews you can as well so that you get a sense of what other authors are doing and how you might be able to write in your own unique way. From this research, you should begin to craft your own reviews, seeing how witty you can be and what you can bring up about each movie as you watch it. Like any movie reviewer, it might be a good idea to practice by writing several movie reviews each and every week, allowing you to begin to create a portfolio of reviews and plenty of practice under your belt.

Getting Published Now

Though there seem to be many a movie reviewer around, you might be able to get those movie reviews you’ve written published by starting your own website or talking to local publications. Let them know what you are reviewing, and whether you can be available to write reviews on a more regular basis. Send a few samples of your work in, letting the publication know that you haven’t been published yet, but you are willing to work hard to become a vital part of their publication. All that said, you might want to look for publications which do not already have a movie reviewer on staff as you can already be guaranteed that you’re not going to be competing with anyone for their job, though you will be adding to your DVD organizer as you gain experience.

Max Smirnov, DVD Organizer Software Author
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Writing Treatments That Sell: How to Create and Market Your Story Ideas to the Motion Picture and TV Industry, Second Edition

From Library Journal
Walter’s name is synonymous with excellence in motion picture screenwriting. The guru of the completed script (he previously wrote Screenwriting: The Art, Craft and Business of Film and Television Writing, LJ 11/15/88), he here offers a tour de force of information for everyone who has ever contemplated writing a movie. While most how-to titles dwell on the three-act structure, strong character development, and other technical skills, Walter urges writers to dra (more…)

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If you are planning to watch My Sister’s Keeper movie, be sure you carry a hanky, a load full of tissues, sponge, your husband’s sleeves may come handy and to be a good citizen, get a mop too. The movie is deeply emotional and very sentimental. The online movie rather than just tossing a family coping with a sick-dying loved one, adds a twist of how a genetically engineered

The best part of this online movie is how the family copes up when the genetically engineered child, the donator sibling that is, decides she no longer wants to be harvested for her body parts. That is what Anna finds herself in, in this movie. For 11 years Anna has been living with the grand purpose of keeping her leukemia affected sister Kate, alive. But when Anna has to donate one of her kidneys to Kate, she has had enough of it.

Of course the soppy hearts would find themselves reaching for another pack of tissues and insulting Anna of being rude but, what would you say when you realize that Anna, after the kidney transplant might not survive long? That’s exactly what the case here is. And you indeed need to watch the online movie to understand the irony behind each word I write.

The movie is not just a tele-a-tale of a girl who sues her parents for medical emancipation, there is more to it. Director Nick Cassavetes has tried every possible method to keep the focus on My Sister’s Keeper’s characters and their struggle to keep Kate’s dire desire and Anna’s difficult decision rather than tugging the viewer’s emotional strings. Like frying a streak on the pan, he shows the better and the worst times of their past and gives equal time to everyone involved in the family.

The online movie varies from Jodi Picoult’s book in a few ways. Yet, on its own terms, the movie has quiet a relentless power to move any kind of an audience. The movie takes care of every member of the family carefully and lovingly showing us an array of fallouts and the good intentions behind every move made.

Apart from the story line, what makes the movie remarkable is the excellent performance given by each artist. The young actor performance is a graceful, working in the world that is tough even for the adults to take.

So if you are wondering, “Why do I need to watch a movie online, about a sick child dying?” then, here goes the answer. The movie is uplifting, it is thought provoking and it is alive with amazing performance. The movie if you ask me is not something you should miss. It is about love and the many forms we see love in.

You can read more reviews on our site: Mymovees.com

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