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Five Reasons Why Writing Plays Can Make You a Better Screenwriter

What do such movies as The Hours, Shakespeare in Love, Empire of the Sun, Wag the Dog and The Untouchables have in common? Here’s a hint: their authors are David Hare (The Hours), Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love and Empire of the Sun) and David Mamet (Wag the Dog and The Untouchables). Still stumped? Each of these movies—and we’re talking about some very good films—was written by a playwright. OK. So a few good playwrights needed to make some extra cash, and they turned to the much more lucrative film industry to finance house payments and upscale vacations. That may be true, but what if I told you that they’re all better screenwriters because they write plays?

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Finding Shakespeare in Thor: The Dark World -BBC

“I guess great Shakespeare actors like McKellen, Dench, Mirren, Branagh and company have the capacity to scale the heights of human emotion that Shakespeare charts in roles like Lear, Hamlet, and Cleopatra,” notes Gregory Doran, artistic director of the UK’s Royal Shakespeare Company. “He challenges an actor to go to the limits of human experience, and find the surprising elements of humor and pathos, the absurd and the pathetic, at the very edges of catastrophe. Perhaps that’s why they have the ability to play the almost superhuman scale that science fiction and fantasy demand.

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Screenwriting Survivor: Blood & Sand

Screenwriting is a lot like that - only you don’t get to go home after 41 days. It just keeps knocking you down and kicking you in the butt for most of your life. You may not have to eat rats or bugs or survive floods, but you’re constantly being pitched a curve - just when you think you’re getting your big break, something happens.

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Did Shakespeare Have Syphilis?

And though William Shakespeare, Herman Melville and Emily Bronte may not have tied their creativity to poor health quite so explicitly, there’s plenty of evidence that disease — everything from tuberculosis to syphilis and mercury poisoning — profoundly impacted works like “Moby Dick,” “Wuthering Heights” and “Hamlet.”

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Hollywood Salaries Revealed, From Movie Stars to Agents (and Even Their Assistants)

Who rakes in a whopping $75 million? Who are the highest-paid TV stars? And how much can you make working in an agency mailroom? In its Money Issue, THR reveals how much people are earning now, from stars including Robert Downey Jr., Sandra Bullock, Katherine Heigl and the ‘Duck Dynasty’ clan to top agents including Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell

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Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Every Creative Person Should Remember But We Often Forget | Brain Pickings

Much has been said about the secrets of creativity and where good ideas come from, but most of that wisdom can be lost on young minds just dipping their toes in the vast and tumultuous ocean of self-initiated creation. Some time ago, artist and writer Austin Kleon — one of my favorite thinkers, a keen observer of and participant in the creative economy of the digital age — was invited to give a talk to students, the backbone for which was a list of 10 things he wished he’d heard as a young creator:

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The Autumnal Equinox for Writers

Today is the Autumnal Equinox. The days are for a moment equal now. It’s harvest time and there are many celebrations that span almost every culture. If you like the Green Man this was Mea’n Fo’mhair for the Druids and trees were honored with libations. But, in general, most traditions focus on the harvest aspects like the Anglo Saxons’ Haefest monath. If you’re an Asgardian, then you would probably celebrate Fallfest another harvest festival. Most of these festivals are celebrations of thanksgiving, but this is also the time when many traditions that divide the world into realms of light and dark begin to look to the turn to the darker side of life. Gods die. Goddesses die. Winter is coming. For many traditions it’s a time between times, albeit a lesser one, when the divisions between spiritual and corporeal realms are less strong.
What else do writers do but step across these boundaries? If you like the Jungian archetypal view of artists, then we stand with a foot in both worlds and bring the forgotten knowledge of the collective unconscious to the world that needs to hear it. We do it with stories and layers of meaning and characters that are uniquely individuals but who are also all of us whether they are gods or men or even monsters. This might be a time of dark stories or it might be sad stories or stories of heroes who prevail against the night.

Embrace this Time Between Times and the change that we can feel as the seasons turn. Of course if you’re in Los Angeles you’ll just have to imagine or remember seasons. If you usually see the Southern Cross in your night sky, you have the Vernal Equinox and the opposite changes but you still have the energy of change. Start a new writing project. Even if you only make some notes. Or make an old project new. Start some writing with the change that is in the air. Write something down. Resolve to write something on it every day-even if it’s only a paragraph or a sentence. No matter how difficult and busy your life is, you can probably manage ten minutes somewhere. It works differently for different people, but in about a month you’ll have a habit. Before you know it, you’ll be writing longer.

So bake some harvest bread- nice if you have a bread machine-light some candles, drink a libation. Celebrate the Autumnal Equinox the best way possible for writers: recognizing and working the absolute magic of creation.

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