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craft, David Sedaris, discipline, EAT PRAY LOVE, Elizabeth Gilbert, idea, patience, short story -

Throughout my time in LA and becoming a screenwriter, I have met dozens of other writers, and have always been fascinated to learn where ideas for their scripts come from. If anyone (in the industry or not) has read something you wrote, they almost always ask, “Why did you write it?” or “How did you come up with that?” This article aims to explore those two questions a little more. Despite the many ways to break story, get to outline, write the first, final draft and polish – no matter what you are writing, it always starts with an idea....

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patience, Punisher, slow burn, storytelling -

Patience is an increasingly challenging value to apply in screenwriting. It might be even more challenging in writing for television. With the viewing audience increasingly fractured, and suffering from a shorter attention span than ever, it can be tempting to dive straight into action, whatever the “action” of your narrative is. The newest incarnation of “The Punisher” character would seem to lean into this type of instant gratification storytelling. Frank Castle aka “The Punisher”, at face value, might appear to be a pretty superficial character. He’s here to drink beer and kick ass, and he’s all out of beer. But...

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