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by Christopher Keane What is Hollywood’s Best Kept Screenwriting Secret? Answer: The Expanded Scene Breakdown.
By Claudia Johnson For years I gently browbeat my students.
There might be a new war brewing in West Africa. But don't hold your breath for the 24/7 live TV coverage. At best expect some images of machete wielding crazy black people (African-Africans?) threatening to go medieval on each other, and, since Ivory Coast is the world's largest cocoa producer, expect maybe some Ron Burgundy reporter interviewing a corporate shill chocolate spokesman as he laments how impending genocide in Africa might cause a ten cent rise in the price of Hershey Bars.
After publishing his first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh , Michael Chabon embarked on a follow-up entitled Fountain City . Five years and 1,500 pages later, Chabon had still not found his bearings, and in 1992 the project was dropped—or, as he puts it, "wrecked." Chabon was then able to dash off The Wonder Boys in seven months, win the Pulitzer Prize, and become one of America's most celebrated novelists.
A computer screen displays the newly launched Google eBooks online bookstore, which features a portion of the 15m printed books that Google has scanned into its digital archive Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty The internet has created many problems in its young life – making various industries obsolete, enabling new forms of surveillance and control, exposing good, well-meaning people to crazy, vituperative trolls. But my internet problem is the surfeit of opportunity. If there's one thing the network does brilliantly, it's reducing coordination costs.
E very time I open Google Reader and see the lastest posts from my favourite blogs, I discover fantastic articles on the art, craft, and business of writing. But which are the posts I’ve read this year that I found the most useful? The ones I read and thought, “Wow! That article is going to totally make my writing better”? Because it’s the end of the year, here’s a short summary of what I deem to be the top ten articles on writing I’ve read this year (in no particular order): The Ultimate Guide to Novel Queries , by Jane Friedman of There Are No Rules .