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20

Jul'14

The Truth About Succeeding As A Writer

Here’s a fabulous article from Chuck Wendig’s terrific blog TERRIBLE MINDS from a successful writer Kameron Hurley on what it takes to make it as a writer. “It’s funny — my post yesterday on how a writing career takes the time that it takes comes in part from a conversation I was having on Twitter with two amazing writers, Tobias Buckell and Kameron Hurley. Kameron then turned in a guest post for this very blog that seems to come from that same conversation, cut from that same cloth, and the result is a smart and personal post about what it takes to stay on this bucking bull known as a “writing career.” This is an amazing read. (Oh, and by the way, her novel, God’s War, is completely awesome, too. I might suggest that if you likes Blackbirds, you may wanna check it out.) So, without further ado: “Persistence.” Read the rest of Kameron’s post here >>>>> Kameron Hurley is the award-winning author of the books God’s War, Infidel, and Rapture. Her short fiction has appeared in magazines such as Lightspeed, EscapePod, and Strange Horizons, and anthologies such as The Lowest Heaven and Year’s Best SF. Chuck Wendig’s blog TERRIBLE MINDS is a fantastic source for all story creators. Check him out at http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2014/01/22/on-persistence-and-the-long-con-of-being-a-successful-writer/

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19

Jul'14

Richard Linklater on Talking During Movies

http://gawker.com/richard-linklater-explains-how-to-deal-with-people-who-1607397654

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06

Jul'14

Seven Rules On Who Makes It As A Story Creator

1. Write out of excitement, NOT out of screenwriting books. 2.But when you run out of excitement, go look at the PATTERNS of stories like the one you are writing. Rip these patterns off. Almost all great movie and TV creators do this explicitly. Go watch or read your favorite story in the genre in which you’re working. It’ll turn you on. It’ll illuminate the path for you. 3. Realize that you’re going to have to deepen and add and deepen and add and deepen and add to each of your scenes – and do it over and over again — and be HAPPY about it. Great story is a BUNCH of layers in every scene. Once in a hundred times, it’ll all come out at once. THE OTHER 99 TIMES IT’S DRAFT AFTER FRIGGIN’ DRAFT! Get joyously happy with the idea that this is going to be a marathon, not a sprint. And yes, you should put Ticking Clocks into nearly every scene. Yes. 4. Know your story will suck balls. At first. It will. Almost all great creators we’ve ever worked with had a story that, for a good long while, sucked balls. The trick is to stick around after everyone else has abandoned ship, fleeing like rats. Then, when the blood is all over the decks, and the ship is sinking, you take the wheel. And you sail to Paradise. After everyone else has told you ‘this ship has already sunk.” A lot of ships that look sunk don’t sink. 5. Don’t ever ever ever listen to a negative person tell you that your work sucks, unless they tell you how you can STOP sucking, and only listen to that if what they tell you IMMEDIATELY helps you to stop sucking! I.e., don’t just listen to criticism alone. It’ll kill you. The person who sighs, cuts up your work, and then tells you you’d best go get a job as an insurance salesman, should be killed with a steak knife immediately, and then you can get right back to creating. (I.e., usually your Mom and your Dad are not the person to listen to if you’re planning a life as an artist.) 6. It takes talent to succeed, and you can’t be taught to create. (But hard work can make up for less talent — in our experience the fabulous successful people we consult for have FAR …

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01

Jul'14

Train Your Brain to be a Creative Superstar

The New York Times writes about how a new study that looked at how a writer’s brain fires while creating. Evidence shows that once again, PRACTICE defines the amateurs from the pros.  Fascinating. And for this morning’s inspiration, advice from “Breaking Bad:”                

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25

Jun'14

The Beats of Story: 20 Essential Moments That Make Great Stories

If you know you have a great story but can’t quite get the plot working…. If you don’t know where to go next…. If you have written screenplays that keep getting turned down… If you need inspiration…. If you want a great and EASY way to look at storytelling…. If you have a novel, a newspaper article or a TV show you want to adapt…. If you have great characters and want to put them into motion… THIS IS YOUR CLASS! Writing stories is like dancing.  There are rhythms, stages of increasing tensions and moments that the audience expects.  When you know the “Beat” of the story it’s easier to solve the story point. This does not mean we will teach you how to write boring, cliched, plot-driven tales.  NO WAY! Understanding the Beats of Story will help you be original.   You can let go of needing to know what happens next and instead think of the most exciting, unique solution to the story’s next moment. Need to know more?  Come to class! ***We will be using the movie “Up in the Air” to illustrate the beats.  See the movie ahead of time to get the most out of the class. Sell Tickets Online through Eventbrite

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04

Jun'14

Upcoming Classes – Summer 2014

Sunday, June 15 10 AM – 1 PM  or ON DEMAND Get Proven Tools to Create Tear-jerkers, Heart Warmers, & Characters Audiences Can’t Forget! LOVE! Love makes box office BOOM! Do you want to write the next “The Lucky One,” “The Notebook,” “Avatar” or “Titanic? Learn how to hook the audience. Learn how to write characters we fall in love with. Learn how how to create suspense and tension in ROMANCE You also have to know how to reveal information so as to create deep, emotional characters, interesting twists, suspense and tension. You’ll want to know the tricks for making an audience connect to your ideas. You’ll be happy you know to the proven story patterns that keep an audience engaged. These patterns will not stop your creativity – instead it will unlock your inspiration! Sunday, June 22 10 AM – 1 PM  or ON DEMAND If you want to sell your movie anywhere in the world, you MUST know how to create tension, suspense, and fear. Audiences LOVE a good scare. Whether you are writing a full-length feature or a short — or even a webisode — learning the tricks and techniques to create these emotions will make your job so much easier. This three-hour lecture will go over things like:  What do you NOT see, and when do you NOT see it? Types of characters that are common on these kinds of stories.  How to create tension when nothing is happening… And Much much more!

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About Peter Russell Movie&TV Script Doctor

Think of me as a writer, teacher and story consultant with over 15 years experience working with studios. From this experience, I have developed a great class list that focuses on many areas in the business. Peter Russell Script Doctor offers a large variety of classes, so be sure to check back often to see if there is an offering for you. Find Out More...

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