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Doug Richardson on the Writer’s Nightmare

Doug Richardson details the Writer’s Nightmare and the complex relationship between a writer’s words and an actor’s delivery. I’d just typed FADE OUT for the umpteenth time in my short career. The draft was neat and a tightly wound one hundred and fifteen pages of thrills and chills. It felt bulletproof and as close to Read MoreRead More

Bad Movie Dialogue Speaks in Complete Sentences

Grammar Nazis will have to plug their ears for this one. Real language is full half developed sentences that just get… well… you know… interrupted. “Bad movie dialogue speaks in complete sentences without any overlapping or interruption, and avoids elliptical speech, which is truer to how people actually talk.” This from writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson. Read MoreRead More

The Curse of Quirky Parentheticals

by Christina Hamlett When I was a young aspiring writer, I had a strong aversion to the use of “said” in a story. My justification was that it was blah. It was uninspired. It was pedestrian. Why use “said,” I rationalized, when there were so many other words in the English language that were way Read MoreRead More

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