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How-to: Create Characters That Drive Plot

The Art of Dramatic Writing by Lejos Egri has been a favorite resource of mine for several years. While it is specifically written for playwrights, it’s easy to take the principles taught and apply them to any type of dramatic writing. Egri’s approach to writing is strict and scientific. He believes that a good story […]

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6 Writing Tips from Jerry Seinfeld

Whether it’s watching re-runs of Seinfeld, videos like this, or his new web-series Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee I just love listening to Seinfeld talk shop and tell jokes. His style comes across as so effortless and fun that it’s enough to make you believe it might just be possible for you to tell great […]

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Kurt Vonnegut on The Shapes of Stories

Kurt Vonnegut is one of my all time favorite authors. I’m in awe of his ability to communicate volumes in a single sentence. Especially since his sentences are so often funny on top of being so damn clever. Here is a funny and clever clip of Mr. Vonnegut creating shapes that represent common (perhaps even […]

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