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Alistair A. Vogan

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Alistair A. Vogan's career in storytelling stretches back three decades. Some highlights include his time spent on Parliament Hill working with the (then) Prime Minister of Canada, Jean Chretien, and in feature film story development with Saturday Night Live staff writer / feature film director Adam McKay and Canadian comedy legend / director Bruce McCulloch. In addition to being a contributing writer to the wildly popular The Kids In The Hall North American Reunion Tour, 'Same Guys, Different Dresses', and a produced playwright ('The Crash of Twenty-Nine'). Alistair spent nearly a decade as a professional screenwriter and script doctor (Imagine Entertainment and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. etc) before writing the first words of The Iva ...more

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Alistair A. Vogan I have never had writers block. I've heard about it, but it's never been a part of my writing process.

I think an understanding of story structure has…more
I have never had writers block. I've heard about it, but it's never been a part of my writing process.

I think an understanding of story structure has made all the difference. Also, before I write and spend days, sometimes weeks, organizing and researching. I decide what the central question is and I investigate ways I can explore that throughout each act. When I sit down to write I know exactly what must occur in each scene and key dialogue has already been explored. This allows me to completely lose myself in the process of writing, and then the characters come to life and make decisions I wasn't expecting. It's like I'm watching a movie. It's exhilarating. I can write for seven hours stretches, but it feels like 20 minutes have passed. (less)
Alistair A. Vogan Getting it out, being master of my universe, reaching real human beings. I once did a play at The Second City in Toronto Canada in the Tim Simm's…moreGetting it out, being master of my universe, reaching real human beings. I once did a play at The Second City in Toronto Canada in the Tim Simm's Playhouse. Afterwards, during a question and answer session, a woman put up her hand and asked me how I knew the things I knew. She was in a state of disbelief. She said it was like I'd been reading her diary out loud... It was one of the greatest feelings to know that I reached her.

Another time I walked through the audience in the foyer after a Kids In The Hall show in the United States and heard people quoting the lines I'd written and laughing hysterical. It was a tough production, but to hear their laughter and my words coming out of their mouth was absolutely priceless.(less)
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I'm reading this book, Mansfield Park. I'm embarrassed to admit it but I've never read one Jane Austen novel until now. So far it IS good. I am surprised that, so far, there are no robots however. But I am only on page 138, and it is a really big book.

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