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Memo from the Story Department: Secrets of Structure and Character
Memo From the Story Department offers a battery of story-generating engines and story-improving tools, and reliable methods tested on hundreds of Hollywood productions. It goes far beyond the standard advice given in most screenwriting manuals. Drawn from sources as varied as vaudeville, classical Greek comedies, and Russian fairy tales, the book outlines a series of pract ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Michael Wiese Productions
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I now know what sort of writer I am, a formalist. This book is very good at breaking down the mystique of writing, which I've always felt was overblown, and put it in terms of a meal. Even great chefs still have to combine the right ingredients in a time-honoured process to create a tasty meal. All you can ask of a book about writing is to leave you better off than when you started, and this does that admirably.
I know that everyone loved The Writer's Journey, but this book has been so incredibly helpful to me. The polar opposites and the parts on characterization have radically altered my understanding of how to create 3 dimensional characters and best serve the interests of the story.