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Erik Bork won two Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards for his work as a writer-producer on the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers and From the Earth to the Moon, for executive producer Tom Hanks (and Steven Spielberg, on Band of Brothers). Erik has sold original series pitches to the broadcast networks, worked on the writing staff of primetime drama series, and written feature screenplays for Universal, HBO, TNT, and Playtone. He teaches for UCLA Extension's Writers' Program, and National University's MFA Program in Professional Screenwriting. He has also been called one of the "Top Ten Most Influential Screenwriting Bloggers" for his website, Flyingwrestler.com, and offers consulting and coaching to writers at all levels. His book The Ide ...more

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“Theme emerges by examining competing priorities in life through the specifics of a story, which ultimately reflects a point of view about the best way to be in the world, and the most effective way—at least in a situation like the one at hand. I’m not talking about facile, obvious arguments, like whether racism is good or bad or whether one should be selfish or giving. A good theme weighs competing goods or competing evils against each other, and dramatizes why it’s so difficult to make a choice sometimes, or to change. It doesn’t offer easy answers. Any thematic outcome or judgment in the end is earned, gradually, over the course of the story. It’s not just thrown out there in a quick and easy way. Theme”
Erik Bork, The Idea: The Seven Elements of a Viable Story for Screen, Stage or Fiction

“The legendary Broadway writer/producer/performer George M. Cohan is supposed to have once said: “In the first act, you get your main character up a tree. In the second act, you throw rocks at them. In the third act, you get them down.” The nature of what that tree is, and what those rocks are, is key. You could even say that “story = main character + tree + rocks.”
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“In stories focused on romantic relationships, we tend to become one of the characters, emotionally. We relate to what they’re going through. Romances elicit strong emotions of connection with another person, of being seen, understood, supported, and wanted—of bonding with someone we really want to bond with. In romantic stories, we generally have to strongly identify with the main character’s desire for their chosen partner. Of course, something has to get in the way of that desire for there to be conflict, but living vicariously through the emotions of love is a highly attractive and appealing experience for most people.”
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