Real Low Down Dirty Truth about Hollywood Agenting

Emotional. Structure. Creating the Story Beneath the Plot — A Guide for Screenwriters — by Emmy and Peabody-Award Winning Writer and Producer Peter Dunne ...

Author: Rima Greer

Publisher: Linden Publishing

ISBN: 9781610351140

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 176

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In this book you'll find everything you always wanted to know about the real, honest-to-not-so-goodness, day-to-day inner workings of Hollywood. Not the glamorous Oscar-winning-Spielberg-red-carpet Hollywood, but the real-life daily grind of working Hollywood. For the very first time, a Hollywood film agent has opened up her phone sheet and crackberry to show us how agents, writers, and directors function in a world of producers, development executives, and studio executives. This isn't another book dishing the dirt about the rich and famous; it's a fresh, tell-all translation from Hollywood-speak to plain English, a peek behind the wizard's curtain into a culture that's rarely captured without cliche and hyperbole. You'll learn how to get an agent, how to keep one, what they do, and what they don't do. You'll learn how agents navigate through the murky, film-world politics and even why agents are such infamous liars.

How to Write Like Tolstoy

The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories (London: Continuum, 2004), p. 2. ... in his book Emotional Structure: Creating the Story Beneath the Plot, ...

Author: Richard Cohen

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9780812998313

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 352

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For anyone who has ever identified with a hero or heroine, been seduced by a strong opening sentence, or been powerfully moved by a story’s end, How to Write Like Tolstoy is a thought-provoking journey inside the minds of the world’s most accomplished storytellers, from Shakespeare to Stephen King. “I have tried, as far as possible using the words of the authors themselves, to explain their craft, aiming to take readers on a journey into the concerns, techniques, tricks, flaws, and, occasionally, obsessions of our most luminous writers.”—from the Preface Behind every acclaimed work of literature is a trove of heartfelt decisions. The best authors put painstaking—sometimes obsessive—effort into each element of their stories, from plot and character development to dialogue and point of view. What made Nabokov choose the name Lolita? Why did Fitzgerald use first-person narration in The Great Gatsby? How did Kerouac, who raged against revision, finally come to revise On the Road? Veteran editor and teacher Richard Cohen draws on his vast reservoir of a lifetime’s reading and his insight into what makes good prose soar. Here are Gabriel García Márquez’s thoughts on how to start a novel (“In the first paragraph you solve most of the problems with your book”); Virginia Woolf offering her definition of style (“It is all rhythm. Once you get that, you can’t use the wrong words”); and Vladimir Nabokov on the nature of fiction (“All great novels are great fairy tales”). Cohen has researched the published works and private utterances of our greatest authors to discover the elements that made their prose memorable. The result is a unique exploration of the act and art of writing that enriches our experience of reading both the classics and the best modern fiction. Evoking the marvelous, the famous, and the irreverent, he reveals the challenges that even the greatest writers faced—and shows us how they surmounted them. Praise for How to Write Like Tolstoy “The highest compliment one can pay How to Write Like Tolstoy is that it provokes an overwhelming urge to read and write, to be in dialogue or even doomed competition with the greatest creative minds . . . . That Mr. Cohen is an editor, that his love of literature comes in large part from awe in the presence of better writers than he, is no small matter. His love is infectious, and regardless of how well he ends up teaching us to write, that is miracle enough.”—Wall Street Journal “[A] perfect tasting menu . . . the homage of a passionate reader to the writers who have provided his ‘main pastime.’ ”—The Sunday Times (U.K.) “This book is a wry, critical friend to both writer and reader. It is filled with cogent examples and provoking statements. You will agree or quarrel with each page, and be a sharper writer and reader by the end.”—Hilary Mantel “These twelve essays are like twelve perfect university lectures on the craft of writing fiction. The professor—or, in this case, author—succeeds in being not only knowledgeable but also interesting, charming, and engaging.”—Library Journal (starred review) “Insightful . . . [Cohen] escorts his readers to Iris Murdoch for sage counsel on launching a novel, to Salman Rushdie for shrewd guidance on developing an unreliable narrator, to Rudyard Kipling for a cagey hint on creating memorable minor characters, and to Leo Tolstoy for a master’s help in transforming personal experience into fictional art.”—Booklist

The Portable Writers Conference

Emotional Structure: Creating the Story Beneath the Plot by Peter Dunne. It's about screen writing, but novel writers can benefit, too.

Author: Stephen Blake Mettee

Publisher: Linden Publishing

ISBN: 9781610351126

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 426

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More than 45 agent, editor, and author-written chapters--called workshops in the book--provide instruction on the writing craft and the business of getting published.

Novel Metamorphosis

Cincinnati, Ohio: Story Press This is the best resource I've found on dialogue and how to ... Emotional Structure: Creating the Story Beneath the Plot, ...

Author: Darcy Pattison

Publisher: Mims House

ISBN: 9781629440675

Category: Reference


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Congratulations! You've finished a novel. What an accomplishment! Now what? Now, you need a innovative, in-depth guide to revision. Why Revise? Before revision: Nice Story After revision: Richer, deeper-the novel of your dreams. Novice or Seasoned: For aspiring novelists, mid-list novelists who want to break out, novelists who want to self-publish-successfully, writers who have completed NaNoWriMo but don't know what to do next, and writing critique groups looking for a way to help each other to the next level.Revising has never been easier * Systematically inventory and diagnose your manuscript* Visually manipulate your manuscript to identify problems* Transform dull characters into fascinating, memorable people* Strengthen the narrative and emotional arcs* Sharpen dialogue* Morph dull settings into backdrops that set the mood* Enliven narrated events by selecting the right details* Use language with confidence* Add depth with narrative patterning In-depth professional development* Plan your novel's metamorphosisThe Results A stronger, richer, deeper story, a story that makes readers weep and cry and turn the next page.Novel Metamorphosis, unlike most books on revision, turns theory into radical new tools which are practical, tangible, concrete. * Cut straight to the heart of your manuscript's problem* Develop your writing and editing skills* Understand the critical underlying structure of your story* Learn theory as you work* Spark in-depth discussions in your critique group

Freelancing for Newspapers

The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law, Perseus Books. ... Emotional Structure: Creating the Story Beneath the Plot—A Guide for ...

Author: Sue Fagalde Lick

Publisher: Linden Publishing

ISBN: 9781610350839

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 175

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Pick up the Sunday paper and consider how many stories it takes to fill all those pages. How can any newspaper staff produce so many stories every day, every week, every month of the year and keep up with breaking news, too? They can't. They use freelancers.This book serves as a guide to newspaper freelancing both for beginners and for more experienced writers who want to expand their markets.

Kicking In the Wall

Emotional Structure: Creating the Story beneath the Plot; A Guidefor Screenwriters. Fresno, CA: Quill Driver books, 2007. Duras, Marguerite. The Lover.

Author: Barbara Abercrombie

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 9781608681570

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 248

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When Patti Smith was plagued with writer’s block — “scattered and stymied, surrounded by unfinished songs and abandoned poems” — playwright Sam Shepard advised her, “When you hit a wall, just kick it in.” In these pages, Abercrombie shows readers how to do just that. Like a workout with a top trainer, her writing exercises warm up, stretch, and build creative muscle. Quotes from famous writers inspire each day’s exercise. Though Abercrombie says readers need only commit five minutes to each exercise, she writes, “I’ve seen novels, memoirs, and many essays get started” in those five minutes, “and a lot ended up being published.” Her playful, powerful method is ideal — maybe even essential — fuel for writers trying to get off the starting block, persevere through challenges, and cross their personal creativity finish lines.


No one better understands how all the elements of a screenplay fit together, and no one is better qualified to explain the "magic" of story construction and the relationship between structure and character than Robert McKee.

Author: Robert McKee

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780060391683

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 480

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Robert McKee's screenwriting workshops have earned him an international reputation for inspiring novices, refining works in progress and putting major screenwriting careers back on track. Quincy Jones, Diane Keaton, Gloria Steinem, Julia Roberts, John Cleese and David Bowie are just a few of his celebrity alumni. Writers, producers, development executives and agents all flock to his lecture series, praising it as a mesmerizing and intense learning experience. In Story, McKee expands on the concepts he teaches in his $450 seminars (considered a must by industry insiders), providing readers with the most comprehensive, integrated explanation of the craft of writing for the screen. No one better understands how all the elements of a screenplay fit together, and no one is better qualified to explain the "magic" of story construction and the relationship between structure and character than Robert McKee.

Release Print

... is a conference focused on “ current “ Emotional Structure : Creating the Story Beneath the Plot ” issues surrounding the convergence of technology and ...



ISBN: STANFORD:36105114091106

Category: Independent filmmakers


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Story Matters

There's an emotional plot , too , humming along beneath the action , and for many writers ... Plot and structure in a story are virtually indistinguishable ...

Author: Margaret-Love Denman

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin College Division

ISBN: STANFORD:36105123857208

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 494

View: 177


Story Mattersoffers students an inspiring and insightful approach to writing short fiction with 21 short stories and in-depth, in-person conversations with their accomplished authors. Each writer describes his or her source of ideas, motivation, and writing strategies, to give a personal perspective on the book's narrative of the elements of short fiction. Throughout the book, writing prompts offer ideas, advice, and jumping-off points for workshop or individual writing exercises. The writers, from Dave Eggers to Jamaica Kincaid, explain and explore the intent, technique, and meaning of their fiction, offering expert insight into the craft of writing stories. Part One: Writing Matters:This series of brief chapters provides an introduction to writing short fiction, from the spark that starts a story to the finishing touches of revision. Writing prompts integrated throughout invite readers to exercise and expand their writing muscles to create the best story possible. Part Two: Stories and Conversations:A showcase for 21 acclaimed writers, this section combines a short story, a conversation with that story's author, and related writing prompts. By reading the stories and listening to the writers talk about the joys and frustrations of the creative process, students will come to understand the challenge and satisfaction of writing well. Appendicesinclude a set of questions a writer may want to ask when approaching a short story; a list of favorites of the authors interviewed in this book; and a bibliography of further resources in creative writing.


Other scholars have defended the distinction between short short story and ... he defined by plot structure: »One thrust of incident«, »Life rolled up«, ...

Author: Engelbert Thaler

Publisher: Narr Francke Attempto Verlag

ISBN: 9783823379973

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 203

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Short narrative texts are good for the language classroom because they are short and narrative. Therefore this volume treats the teaching potential of Shorties on a theoretical level (part A), a methodological level (part B) , and a practical level (part C). Part A highlights the topic from the perspectives of different academic disciplines, in this case from a TEFL as well as from a linguistic and literary viewpoint. In part B, methodological contributions on selected texts, media and procedures are assembled. Part C is a collection of concrete sample lessons for teaching English at various levels. These lesson plans have been designed at university, carried out and evaluated by 11 experienced teachers, and finally revised by the editor.

Understanding Video Games

Beneath the narrative structure of an entire game, designers must also manage the smaller sequences of events that make up the arc of a game's plot.

Author: Simon Egenfeldt-Nielsen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136300424

Category: Games

Page: 332

View: 643


This expanded and revised second edition of Understanding Video Games provides a comprehensive introduction to the growing field of game studies. Understanding Video Games, 2nd Edition is an essential read for newcomers to video game studies and experienced game scholars alike. This follow-up to the pioneering first edition takes video game studies into the next decade of the twenty-first century, highlighting changes in the game business, advances in video game scholarship, and recent trends in game design and development—including mobile, social, and casual gaming. In Understanding Video Games, 2nd Edition students will: Assess the major theories used to analyze games, such as ludology and narratology Gain familiarity with the commercial and organizational aspects of the game industry Trace the history of video games from Pong to Playstation 3 and beyond Explore the aesthetics of game design Evaluate the cultural position of video games Consider the potential effects of both violent and "serious" games. Extensively illustrated, and featuring discussion questions, a glossary of key terms, and a detailed video game history timeline (including an interactive online version), Understanding Video Games, 2nd Edition is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in examining the ways video games are reshaping entertainment and society.

Movies That Move Us

(2008a: 17) The frame is the plot (character want) and the meaning is the story (character need); together, they work in symbiosis to create the complete ...

Author: C. Batty

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230348158

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 209

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From a screenwriting perspective, Batty explores the idea that the protagonist's journey is comprised of two individual yet interwoven threads: the physical journey and the emotional journey. His analysis includes detailed case studies of the films Muriel's Wedding , Little Voice , Cars , Forgetting Sarah Marshall , Sunshine Cleaning and Up.

Curriculum Review

Creating characters with depth , stories with plot and structure , realistic ... ideas , and emotions , children need to build language concepts early .



ISBN: UOM:39015076429250

Category: Books


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Acting with the Voice

In a more complicated novelistic plot structure there may be several major stories , which are not subplots , as in the model presented above ; each major ...

Author: Robert Blumenfeld

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: UOM:39015060815910

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 360

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An actor, dialect coach, and writer in New York City, Blumenfeld offers advice to working actors on how to expand their potential for work by recording books. He talks about the business, the voice, diction and pronunciation, microphone and recording techniques, acting methods, and reading techniques.

Novel Ideas

Which evoke emotion ? Which seem to be related to one another ? Which behaviors , images , themes , and issues recur , creating patterns ?

Author: Barbara Shoup

Publisher: Alpha Books

ISBN: STANFORD:36105110153223

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 296

View: 607


Provides guidelines on developing and perfecting novels, and includes interviews with A. Manette Ansay, Ha Jin, Jane Smiley, and Wally Lamb who reveal their experiences, fears, the reality behind their works, and their love for writing.

William Gerhardie

18 Of his later novel , The Polyglots , Gerhardie wrote that the event ... a novel with a rigid structure and strict plot is all very well for a story ...

Author: Dido Davies

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: UOM:39015017901680

Category: Philosophy

Page: 411

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This fascinating biography traces the life of William Gerhardie, a brilliant writer of the 1920s, who by 1940 had mysteriously ceased to publish becoming for the rest of his life an eccentric recluse. Drawing on the full range of Gerhardie's extensive archives--letters, diaries, and manuscripts--Davies offers a wildly funny and extremely moving account of the man and his age.

Selected Works Writings 1934 47

Here the emotion of the characters , poured into the element of music ... blend with it , to create a picture of the sound and colour of the final magic of ...

Author: Sergei Eisenstein


ISBN: UOM:39015036044488

Category: Motion pictures


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Film Culture Reader

Indeed, there appears to be a more or less traditional and coherent story, ... Dreyer relates crucial emotional images without adequate reason; creating an ...

Author: Adams P. Sitney

Publisher: Cooper Square Press

ISBN: 9781461732013

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 368

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This compilation from Film Culture magazine—the pioneering periodical in avant-garde film commentary—includes contributors like Charles Boultenhouse, Erich von Stroheim, Michael McClure, Stan Brakhage, Annette Michelson, Arthur Miller, Dylan Thomas, Andrew Sarris, Rudolph Arnheim, Jonas Mekas, and Parker Tyler. This collection covers a range of topics in twentieth century cinema, from the Auteur Theory to the commercial cinema, from Orson Welles to Kenneth Anger.