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  Screenwritersdaily has put together a list of new and exciting books, ebooks, e-stories, articles and essays on our sister site, http://writetobreathe.com – following our weekly announcements!
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The science of fictionalized philosophy

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E. Hughes There’s more to science fiction than cyborgs, deep space, and futuristic plotlines. Sci-fi is an exploration of philosophical and metaphysical themes in a fictionalized context, such as what is real? What is reality? What lies beyond the realm of possibility? Am I real? Fate, altered timelines, themes about freedom and humanity are often...
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How Screenwriters Can Survive the Recession

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While times are tough for everyone, the creative industries have been hit particularly hard. With fewer opportunities and more people going for them, pitching your scripts can often feel like an uphill struggle… if you get to pitch them at all. So here are some top tips for surviving the economic downturn without having...
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Is Your Screenplay Doomed to Fail Before You Write One Word?

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We all know that scriptwriting can be a hard and very long-term task. But the pay-offs of success are, of course, more than worth the effort. But if you don’t write your script in the right way, you could be setting yourself up for failure before you’ve even set your first scene. With that...
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What’s In a Title?

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20th Century Fox recently revealed the title to the 5th film in the Die Hard series: A Good Day to Die Hard.  It’s always good to see a sequel that doesn’t go for the easy way out and just slap a number at the end of the original title.  However, with the number of...
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This week in books!

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We have some exciting news for our faithful members and readers in addition to the latest books posted to our sister site  http://writetobreathe.com
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This weekend in movies 6/8/12

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This weekend’s top movie is…  
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Character Is Plot

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It’s been said that character is plot.  What does that mean?  Simply put, the choices the lead character makes drives the direction the story takes.  In movies with weak plots, stuff happens and characters do things, but the two aren’t necessarily related.  Take your typical slasher film–an anonymous killer stalks a group of teenagers...
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This weekend in movies 6/1/12

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And this week’s top box office is…       Snow White and the Huntsman (56.2M) Men in Black III (28.1M) Marvel’s the Avengers (20.5M)
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Plots Are Conflict Resolutions

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People thrive on conflict.  There’s a reason why shows such as Jersey Shore and Real Housewives of (Name Your City) are so popular–they’re all about conflict.  Feature films are no different.  They need a strong central conflict that drives the story with a lot of little conflicts along with way.  In its basic form,...
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Writing romance – the guidelines

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Romance Writers of America, an organization for romance writers, notes that every romance should contain two basic elements, “a central love story and an emotionally-satisfying and optimistic ending.” So whether you are writing a  novel or a screenplay, there are a few important guidelines you’ll should probably stick to. See Romance genre guidelines. A dash of character: Two...
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Write About Real Life Instead of Movie Cliches

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Nobody likes to see clichéd plots in movies.  After all, everybody and his brother has pointed out the tried and tired plot that Avatar used, which was similar to a slew of movies like Pocahontas, Dances with Wolves, and Fern Gully.  In fact, people hated it so much that Avatar made $2.75 billion worldwide. ...
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Plot Is Determined by Setting

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The plot of any story is driven by the choices its protagonist makes.  However, the other major factor that affects the plot is the setting–the time and location the story takes place.  Not much thought is given to setting of movies in general; if a movie uses a contemporary setting, then it’s obvious that...
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How Important Is Theme?

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When asked, “What’s Moby Dick about?” you can answer in two ways:  1) it’s about an old sea-captain searching for the whale that took his leg years ago; 2) it’s about how obsession can destroy you.  The first answer refers to the plot of the story while the second comments on its theme. 
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This weekend in movies 4/27/12

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This week in movies!
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