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In which we discuss the 10 #writingtips of Billy Wilder

(Arguably the greatest screenwriter and director of all time)

Essential knowledge for any #writer

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@Edlatimore @informichael @SamuelThews
@Integralstory @TYGRproductions
To begin with

A little context for those who don’t know

Billy Wilder was one of the greatest filmmakers of the Golden Age of Hollywood

He’s the man behind ‘The Apartment’ ‘Sunset Boulevard’ ‘Double Indemnity’ ‘Some Like it Hot’& many more

Watch them all if you haven’t
Wilder won 6 Oscars and directed 13 Oscar nominated performances.

But he never wanted to become a director.

He only did so because he ‘just wanted to protect his scripts.’

So the man was a serious #writer

And someone worth listening to.

Fortunately for us…
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In which we discuss Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules for writers

(essential for all #writinglife #amwriting people)

Full of #writingtips

CC @ryanstephens @AwareIntegrate @Sociopathlete
Elmore Leonard wrote 45 novels and innumerable short stories

They feature some of the clearest, most propulsive and memorable writing of the 2nd half of the 20th century & beyond

Leonard achieved this by ‘remaining invisible’ on the page.

Here’s the 10 rules he used...
1\ Never open a book with weather.
2\ Avoid prologues.
3\ Never use a verb other than ”said” to carry dialogue.
4\ Never use an adverb to modify the verb ”said.”
5\ Keep your exclamation points under control.
6\ Never use the words ”suddenly” or ”all hell broke loose.”
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Strap in, #amquerying and #amwriting Twitter! Time for some primo, uncut #writingtips from an agent.

Something I've been thinking about this week wrt a particular type of #nonfiction book proposal:

The one structured around Examples Of A Phenomenon.

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For these, first proposal draft submitted to me is usually structrd such that 1 chapter = 1 example.

E.g.,
Intro: This book seeks to answer the eternal question "what is a sandwich"
Ch 1: Hot dogs
Ch 2: Burritos
Ch 3: Falafel pita
Ch 4. Choco taco
...
Conclusion

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This is a dumb example on purpose, but you see what I mean--it's basically a listicle. The chapters could be anything: Countries Doing Austerity, Stolen Artwork In Museums, 10 X That Changed Y

And the form can work, but it's trickier than it looks because...

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Writing Myths #3 Writing Portfolios are the magic way into the industry!!
Get a portfolio said the writing panel/advice/speaker in what is the latest throwaway simple advice that instantly builds a career…. So, let’s talk about them.
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1)Portfolios are NOT magic. Simply having one doesn't get you a job. Tey are a tool to be used in chasing work and an increasing number of employers ask for them. Having one can be very useful, but just putting some bits of writing in the same place does not = instant career.
2) People tend to read your email first, then your c.v. and then portfolio. Mess up stages 1, or 2 and 3 may well not matter. Always rework your email, c.v. and portfolio for EVERY application. Focus on what matches that job/company.
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