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"Fictional narratives supply us with a mental catalog of the fatal conundrums we might face someday and the outcomes of strategies we could deploy in them – Not only do we crave story, but we have very specific hardwired expectations for every story we read, even though — and here’s the kicker — chances are next to nil that the average reader could tell you what those expectations are." - Lisa Cron
"If you have a leap of faith that is underpowered where you're questioning it as you leap, you don't get to the other side. You can't leap without complete and absolute willingness to die for your want."
~ Bruce Joel Rubin
The most relevant and enduring questions in the evolution and evaluation of screen-stories-that-matter are WHERE'S THE DRAMA? and WHY DO I CARE? Yet the creation of fresh, surprising and compelling screen narratives - with some notable exceptions - is uncommon. Why is this? And what can be done about it?
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"We often feel singularly vulnerable whenever we put our script, or our poetry, or a song that we have written, out there - for the world - hanging our sense of worth and realness on the opinions of others, opinions that are often mired in the insecurities and vulnerabilities of others that wittingly or unwittingly make themselves feel big by making others feel small. Most of us are already our worst critic, so any outside negativity only fans the flames of self-doubt. Better to cultivate clarity and self-discipline in your assessment of what you do creatively. It is of the highest importance, this facility for seeing your work wholly, and understanding from whence it has sprung and why its origins are emotionally meaningful to you. Develop your own standards (tastes) and work to them. The public will resurrect you one day, and then hang you the next - treat their criticisms as well as their compliments with equal amounts of inspired distrust."
- Billy Marshall Stoneking
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