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How to Write an Aaron Sorkin Script, by Aaron Sorkin: The Stream: GQ on TV: GQ

How to Write an Aaron Sorkin Script, by Aaron Sorkin: The Stream: GQ on TV: GQ | Write Advice | Scoop.it
A song in a musical works best when a character has to sing— when words won't do the trick anymore. The same idea applies to a long speech in a play or a movie or on television. You want to force the character out of a conversational pattern. In the pilot of The Newsroom, a new series for HBO, TV news anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) emotionally checked out years ago, and now he's sitting on a college panel, hearing the same shouting match between right and left he's been hearing forever, and the arguments have become noise. A student asks what makes America the world's greatest country, and Will dodges the question with glib answers. But the moderator keeps needling him until...snap.

 

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Watch Neil Gaiman's inspiring commencement speech about succeeding in the arts

Watch Neil Gaiman's inspiring commencement speech about succeeding in the arts | Write Advice | Scoop.it
For all the art students about to enter the working world without a roadmap, author Neil Gaiman offers his advice on making great art, honing your skills, and keeping in mind that friendliness and punctuality can be as important to your career as...
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6 Essential Tips on Living as a Creative – Advice from the Experts | Sophie Playle

6 Essential Tips on Living as a Creative – Advice from the Experts | Sophie Playle | Write Advice | Scoop.it

The Guardian recently hosted a discussion lead by several creative professionals about what it means to be an artist living in today’s society. Offering advice and sharing experiences, much of the discussion can be applied to any struggling creative. Here are the highlights:

 

1. Be in it for the long haul

“You’ve got to be in it for the long haul; making connections, understanding your own art practice and making a meaningful contribution all take time, risk and learning from mistakes. Project Management isn’t taught in art schools but most of the time professional artists are doing this anyway by trial and error.” – Pippa Koszerek, artist and curator

 

http://sophieplayle.com/6-essential-tips-on-living-as-a-creative-advice-from-the-experts/

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David Mamet's Master Class Memo to the Writers of The Unit | Movieline

David Mamet's Master Class Memo to the Writers of The Unit | Movieline | Write Advice | Scoop.it
Besides the fact that it’s written in all-caps, there’s nothing particularly ranty, pejorative or potty-mouthed about it. Rather, Mamet lays down an extremely sensible case for what makes good television, imploring them to avoid expository writing for what he characterizes as authentic “drama.” Along the way, he refers repeatedly to the “blue-suited penguins” (probably the copious-note-givers at the network), while passing along some very useful advice (“any time two characters are talking about a third, the scene is a crock of shit”) and helpful writing exercises (“pretend the characters can’t speak and write a silent movie”). Screenwriters, take note: You may think you knew this already, but there’s nothing like Mamet for a good kick-in-the-ass reminder.
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An Exquisite Corpse: Tips for Brainstorming your National Novel Writing Month Plot | LitReactor

An Exquisite Corpse: Tips for Brainstorming your National Novel Writing Month Plot | LitReactor | Write Advice | Scoop.it

When I sit down to write, several things can happen:

1) A brilliant idea I've been holding on to with a mental death grip slips away the moment I set my fingers on the keyboard, and I’m left wondering what was so great about the idea in the first place.

2) I furiously whip out five or six ideas that I have been cooking up, but they all come out unfinished, still soft in the middle.

3) I start with nothing but a blank screen and a cup of lukewarm tap water, and I take the first particle of a thought and start writing; suddenly, I have 1000 words.

 

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Nerdist Podcast #106: NEIL GAIMAN

Nerdist Podcast #106: NEIL GAIMAN | Write Advice | Scoop.it
Neil Gaiman chats with the nerds about American Gods, describes scenes that were cut from his Doctor Who ep (“The Doctor’s Wife”) and doles out PHENOMENAL advice for aspiring writers. Also, an intense spiritual discussion reveals that we are all Hodgman.
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The 10 Types of Writers' Block (and How to Overcome Them)

The 10 Types of Writers' Block (and How to Overcome Them) | Write Advice | Scoop.it
Writer's Block. It sounds like a fearsome condition, a creative blockage. The end of invention. But what is it, really?
Part of why Writer's Block sounds so dreadful and insurmountable is the fact that nobody ever takes it apart.
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The 22 rules of storytelling, according to Pixar

The 22 rules of storytelling, according to Pixar | Write Advice | Scoop.it
On Twitter, Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats has compiled nuggets of narrative wisdom she's received working for the animation studio over the years.
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On Time, Writing Advice and Focus | The Lit Coach

Hello, dear writers. I’ve missed writing to you every week. Because of a slew of editing jobs I’ve taken, teaching a five-week online class at LitReactor and the holidays, I chose not to blog. I just didn’t have it in me. When I let the first week slip, I felt horrible about not sticking to my weekly commitment. And then the second week slipped by and the third. A year ago, I would have flipped out about this lapse in writing and my commitment to you, but it’s been a blessing. Not only did I need time to do the jobs people hired me for, but I really needed some time to breathe and consider my role in this whole writing advice world we’re in and where my focus should be.

 

Here’s what’s been running through my head these past few months.

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How to Write a Sincere First Draft of Your Science Fiction or Fantasy Epic

How to Write a Sincere First Draft of Your Science Fiction or Fantasy Epic | Write Advice | Scoop.it
Most first drafts are horribly insincere, and that's a big reason why revising a novel (or screenplay) can be so hard. Figuring out what you really meant to write, instead of the garbage you actually did write, can be a nightmare.
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William Gibson

William Gibson | Write Advice | Scoop.it
Cult-favorite writer William Gibson isn’t just the author of 10 novels including the iconic Neuromancer and last year’s Zero History. He’s also a well-known critic of the way we think about science fiction and our relationship to technology. Gibson will be in Chicago Oct. 16 to talk about “Technology’s Tomorrow” with Northwestern University’s Bill Savage as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival. The A.V. Club talked to Gibson about his first foray into non-fiction, his contributions to science fiction, and watching Jersey Shore in Mumbai.
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Q&A with The Lit Coach - Issue 1 Answers | LitReactor

Q&A with The Lit Coach - Issue 1 Answers | LitReactor | Write Advice | Scoop.it

Question from Leif H in Philadelphia, PA
I have a series of three completed manuscripts. Is it better to try and advertise one or all three to an agent and/or publisher, and is it okay to advertise them out of synchronous order?

If by series you mean three novels the reader must read in sequential order (as in Chelsea Cain’s Heart series), then yes, you will pitch the first novel but also the entire series. Here’s an example...

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Stephen Fry Kinetic Typography - Language

I loved this particular essay on language and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to make my first kinetic typography video. I hope you like it and even if you dont I would like to heard what you think in the comments section. Also I know that at points the audio does not match the text so you do not have to write that. It is because I copied the transcript off of Stephen's website and it was not 100% exactly what he said and i did not notice until I was well underway. However these cases are few and far between.

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The Devil in the Details | LitReactor

The Devil in the Details | LitReactor | Write Advice | Scoop.it

The purest way to convey emotion in a story is to elicit that emotion from your reader.

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