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Structure is something that every agent and executive in Hollywood talks about, and that all of us teachers/authors/consultants/gurus/whatever go on and on about, to the point that it can seem complicated, intricate, mysterious and hard to master. So I want present plot structure in a way that simplifies it – that will at least give you a starting point for properly structuring your screenplay without overwhelming you with rules and details and jargon. Here are what I consider ten key elements of structure – ten ways of looking at structure that will immediately improve the emotional impact – and commercial potential – of your script. THE SINGLE RULE OF STRUCTURE I once got to work with long time television writer Doug Heyes, who used to say that there is only one rule for achieving proper plot structure: What’s happening now must be inherently more interesting than what just happened.

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Plotting Short Fiction Last month at MRA, I listened to Jacqueline Woodson speak about her writing process. It wasn’t the first time I heard her speak and I hope it won’t be my last. She is one of the writers I consider as my personal mentor. Not to be over-dramatic, but listening to her last month changed my writing life. She said, “Plot happens.” Basically you toss some characters together, get them moving, figure out where they are hanging out, throw in conflict, and *voila* you have a plot.

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Better Than You Normally Do. Writing is a muscle. Smaller than a hamstring and slightly bigger than a bicep, and it needs to be exercised to get stronger. Think of your words as reps, your paragraphs as sets, your pages as daily workouts. Think of your laptop as a machine like the one at the gym where you open and close your inner thighs in front of everyone, exposing both your insecurities and your genitals. National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Interns must acquire 5,600 hours to satisfy the IDP experience requirement. One hour equals one hour of acceptable experience in an IDP experience setting. It is an intern’s responsibility to understand the requirements of any jurisdiction where they may seek either initial or reciprocal registration. More information on jurisdictional requirements can be found here: Registration Boards Requirements. All participants in the IDP must adhere to the rules and regulations defined in the IDP Guidelines. IDP 2.0 includes four catego­ries in which interns must earn experience: Pre-Design, Design, Project Manage­ment, and Practice Management.

MULTPILE WRITING SAMPLES Writers - especially screenwriters - are frequently told that before pursuing representation, they should have at least two completed writing samples. Agents want to be certain you're committed to writing as a career, and aren't just tossing them something you knocked off in a weekend. They want to see how you can develop a variety of characters, stories and even genres. And they know that if you're a talented writer but a producer or editor isn't interested in their initial submission on your behalf, they will already have a backup to pitch them.Certainly completing two or more scripts before approaching anyone in power helps insure that you're putting the best possible example of your talent out there. The more you write, the better you get - it's really that simple. But I don't necessarily agree that you need to wait to have two completed scripts or novels to begin marketing yourself.

Year in Review: The 15 Best Foreign Films of 2009 Goddamn I’m sick of making lists. Thankfully this is the last one of the year for me, and even better it’s the one I find most important. Foreign movies don’t always get the attention or the exposure they deserve, so it’s nice to have the chance to highlight the ones I think are the best. And while some folks believe the term ‘foreign films’ should only apply to foreign language films I’m tired of that artificial restraint, so this list is open to movies from any and all countries outside of the US. (Except Luxembourg of course.

25 Things You Should Know About Plot Previous iterations of the “25 Things” series: 25 Things Every Writer Should Know 25 Things You Should Know About Storytelling 25 Things You Should Know About Character And now… » The 7-Step Write a Book Fast Program Post written by Leo Babauta. I’m often asked about writing (something I’ve done professionally for 22 years), and one of the most common things people want help with is writing a book. I’ve written a number of books, including 110,000 words of a novel in a month (in addition to blogging regularly), and numerous non-fiction books. I could share a lot of tips for writing a book, but my favorite secret is how I can write a book in just three days. I’ve written several books this way, and really, it’s the same process I used to write 110,000 words in a month.

Autodesk launches 123D Catch for iPad, lets you turn pics into 3D models Autodesk 123D Catch for iPad Turns Your Photos Into 3D Models Converting Physical to Digital on Mobile, Making 3D More Accessible to Everyone SAN RAFAEL, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) announced that 123D Catch is now available for iPad on the App Store. This new free* app lets users take images from their iPad camera and upload them to the Autodesk cloud service that transforms the images into a 3D model. BOOKS INTO MOVIES When the hero of your love story or romantic comedy is choosing between two lovers, you must be careful not to lose sympathy for your hero, and not to create any ambivalence about the outcome of your story, even though someone's heart might be broken. The same applies when your hero is competing for the affection of the romance character, and the hero's rival will be jilted if the hero wins. In either case, you have four ways to create a satisfying ending for your story. 1. Make the character who will be left behind a jerk who deserves to be jilted. So if the hero’s - or the Romance character’s - current love interest has done something underhanded to break up the hero and his soul mate, or if the rival is pursuing the hero for insidious reasons (his money or position, for example), then we won’t feel bad that the rival gets dumped.

s 100 YEARS...100 LAUGHS AFI Announces The 100 Funniest American Movies Of All Time. TOOTSIE, DR. STRANGELOVE, ANNIE HALL and DUCK SOUP Complete The Top Five Movies LOS ANGELES, June 14, 2000 — The American Film Institute (AFI) announced the 100 funniest American films, as selected by a blue-ribbon panel of leaders from across the film community, last evening during a three-hour special television event. SOME LIKE IT HOT, the 1959 classic starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon which was written, directed and produced by Billy Wilder was ranked #1. Following SOME LIKE IT HOT in the top 10, in order, were: TOOTSIE (#2), DR.

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