February 7th, 2010 · Comments Off on Stop Wasting Your Sex Drive On Sex!
A paragraph from Napoleon Hill’s famous book “Think and Grow Rich.”
“Sex desire is the most powerful of human desires. When driven by this desire, men develop keenness of imagination, courage, will-power, persistence, and creative ability unknown to them at other times. So strong and impelling is the desire for sexual contact that men freely run the risk of life and reputation to indulge it. When harnessed, and redirected along other lines, this motivating force maintains all of its attributes of keenness of imagination, courage, etc., which may be used as powerful creative forces in literature, art, or in any other profession or calling, including, of course, the accumulation of riches.”
Exercise will-power and “transmute” your sex energy into untapped creative genius!
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May 22nd, 2009 · Comments Off on Screenwriting Tips for a ‘Quick Read’
By Raisy Roo
A “quick read” simply means painting your scenes with a minimum of words, and the trick is to not lose anything in the process.
Just as the director and film editors’ job is to cut scenes that aren’t necessary to convey the story, your job screenwriting is to remove words that aren’t necessary to convey the story. If you’re good, you can do this along the way. If you’re like me, you’ll have to go back (repeatedly) and find the areas that can be “quickened.”
The action in the paragraph below is an example of a slow read, if you will.
“Jack sits down in the chair and removes his wedding ring from his finger. A waiter is passing by and Jack decides to drop the ring into a bowl of milky white soup on the waiter’s tray. “
From the scene heading in your script, the reader should already know we’re in a restaurant. Chairs are pretty common in a restaurant, so when Jack sits he is most likely sitting in a chair. The reader is also probably aware that most people wear wedding rings on their finger. The last line relating to the waiter is simply better served abbreviated.
A more effective way to describe the scene may be like this…
“Jack sits. Tugs at his wedding ring. Drops it in a passing waiter’s clam chowder.”
Or, if you’re more traditional…
“Jack sits. He tugs at his wedding ring and drops it in a passing waiter’s clam chowder.”
Turn your script into a lean, mean, money making machine by making it a quick read.
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May 11th, 2009 · Comments Off on Industry Standard Screenplay Software
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