Archive for February, 2013

February 28, 2013

Script: The Blind Side

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The Blind Side was written by John Lee Hancock based on the book by Michael Lewis.

February 28, 2013

Quote of the Day: Robert A. Heinlein

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.

February 27, 2013

Script: The Lincoln Lawyer

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The Lincoln Lawyer was written by John Romano based on the novel by Michael Connelly.

February 27, 2013

Quote of the Day: George Moore

No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.

February 26, 2013

Teleplay: Parks and Recreation

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Parks and Recreation was created by Greg Daniels and Michael Schur. Here are links to the Pilot Episode as well as seven other episodes from Seasons 1, 2, & 3.

February 26, 2013

Quote of the Day: Daniel Quinn

Most beginning writers (and I was the same) are like chefs trying to cook great dishes that they’ve never tasted themselves. How can you make a great (or even an adequate) bouillabaisse if you’ve never had any? If you don’t really understand why people read mysteries (or romances or literary novels or thrillers or whatever), then there’s no way in the world you’re going to write one that anyone wants to publish. (This is the meaning of the well-known expression “Write what you know.”)

February 25, 2013

Script: Angels & Demons

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Angels & Demons was written by Akiva Goldsman based on the novel by Dan Brown.

February 25, 2013

Quote of the Day: Shirley Ann Grau

I spend half my time trying to learn the secrets of other writers — to apply them to the expression of my own thoughts.

February 22, 2013

4 Essential Elements of a Knock-Out Ending

Brad Johnson of Script Mag has written a great article covering what he identifies as the four essential elements that you script will need to end successfully. He uses Rocky to demonstrate his point that whether your ending is happy or sad, it won’t work unless it meets these four standards:

It’s probably the most common complaint I hear from people after they see a movie: “It was a good movie, but I hated the ending.” It has always confused me because most of the writers I know tend to start off writing their scripts already knowing how it begins and how it end. So why then is it so common to hear audiences bemoan some variation on this theme? Simply put, there’s a difference between having an idea for a great ending and writing a satisfying one.

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February 22, 2013

Quote of the Day: Henry Miller

Writing is its own reward.