Final words of advice

Informed writers learn the rules so well that they can eventually set them aside and finally, truly play with craft. Similarly, an actor can only surrender to the call of a character once he or she learns his or her lines and can put down the script. If a writer wants to evolve beyond common storytelling devices and the screenwriting books everyone has read in order to evoke the best and most creative results from their brains, that writer must start by learning the rules. Once a writer has truly absorbed the great screenwriting gurus, he or she should consider where deviation from the tried-and-true methods would work for that writer and screenplay.

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