Archive for April, 2012

April 30, 2012

Quote of the Day: Stephen King

You can approach the act of writing with nervousness, excitement, hopefulness, or even despair – the sense that you can never completely put on the page what’s in your mind and heart.  You can come to the act with your fists clenched and your eyes narrowed, ready to kick ass and take down names.  You can come to it because you want a girl to marry you or because you want to change the world.  Come to it any way but lightly.  Let me say it again: you must not come lightly to the blank page.

April 27, 2012

Teleplay: How I Met Your Mother (Pilot)

Here is the pilot script for How I Met Your Mother written by Carter Bays and Craig Thomas.

April 27, 2012

Quote of the Day: Voltaire

The only reward to be expected from the cultivation of literature is contempt if one fails and hatred if one succeeds.

April 26, 2012

Quote of the Day: Joyce Carol Oates

I am inclined to think that as I grow older I will come to be infatuated with the art of revision, and there may come a time when I will dread giving up a novel at all.

April 25, 2012

Script: The Devil Wears Prada

Here is a draft of The Devil Wears Prada written by Aline Brosh McKenna based on the novel by Lauren Weisberger.

April 25, 2012

Script: Die Hard

This script for Die Hard was written by Jeb Stewart based on the novel Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp.

April 25, 2012

Quote of the Day: EL Doctorow

Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.

April 24, 2012

7 Screenwriting Paradigms

Dave Herman has written a useful article about some of the most commonly used screenwriting paradigms (e.g. Blake Snyder’s 15 beats, three act structure) and how they can both help and hinder writers. Dave writes:

In a recent episode of the On The Page screenwriting podcast, screenwriter Irving Belateche related how he changed his attitude to what he calls ‘screenwriting paradigms’ and the dramatic improvement this had on his writing. The essence of his story seems to me to encapsulate everything that’s good and bad about screenwriting templates: He discovered that he could write much more freely and creatively if he only started checking for plot points, sequence breaks, act breaks and the like, afterhe’d finished writing the story. He found that too much ‘thinking about the writing’ too soon, detracted from his ability to create.

I don’t believe there are any rules about whether it’s better to check for plot points before, during or after writing an outline or even a first draft. But I think it’s wise to be aware of the essential difference between a creative and an analytical mindset.

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April 24, 2012

Quote of the Day: Dan Vyleta

There’s a lot of tasteful writing out there – nice, tidy, clean – but sometimes it’s excess, rawness and the unpolished that work.

April 23, 2012

Teleplay: The Wire

Here are a few episodes of The Wire — The Target (pilot), Game Day (Season 1, Episode 9), 30 (Season 5, Episode 10) — and the original bible for the show.