Acknowledgments

“If there is a magic in story writing, and I am convinced there is, no one has ever been able to reduce it to a recipe that can be passed from one person to another.”

–John Steinbeck, letter to Edith Mirrelees (1962)

With that in mind, I am going to do everything in my power to prove the great Mr. Steinbeck wrong. I believe that so many talented, working screenwriters hail from the same renowned film schools for a reason. If my writing concepts are any good, it’s because those who taught me inspired them. My education at USC, NYU, and the UCLA School of Film & Television made me what I am. When I put all those amazing ideas and theories together, I developed my own technique for approaching story.

I compiled my notes and all ...

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