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Alan Watt is a novelist, screenwriter and playwright. His bestselling novel Diamond Dogs (Little, Brown), won numerous awards including France’s 2004 Prix Printemps (best foreign novel). He recently adapted the book for French film company, Quad, and it is soon to be a feature film. His book, The 90-Day Novel, is one of the top-selling books on writing. He's also the author of The 90-Day Rewrite and (coming Fall 2013) The 90-Day Screenplay.

Al founded L.A. Writers’ Lab in 2002 as a place for writers to deepen their craft by learning to marry the rigor of structure to the freedom of the muse. He has taught everyone from award-winning authors to A-list screenwriters, journalists, poets, actors, professional athletes, war veterans, housewives,
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Everyone has a story. It takes courage to tell it, be it memoir or fiction, because there comes a point where we must separate the facts from the truth. The challenge for the storyteller lies in distilling events to their essential meaning. When we scratch the surface of our story and begin to ask “why” our story becomes more complicated. This is often where writers get stuck. The more we ho...

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“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” —ALBERT EINSTEIN”
Alan Watt, The 90-Day Novel: Unlock the story within

“WRITING EXERCISES FOR TODAY: Write for five minutes, beginning with: 1) “My story is about…” 2) “What I want to express through this story is…” As your hero, write for five minutes, beginning with: 3) “If I were to describe myself, I would say that I am…” 4) “The most incredible thing I ever did was…” 5) “The turning point in my life was when…” 6) “Everything will make sense when…”
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“The fact is that the meaning we attach to our goal actually prevents us from achieving it. It is not that our desire is bad or wrong; it is that until we reframe our reason for wanting something, we are forever in bondage to the object of our desire.”
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