Chapter 3

The Big Idea: Script and Project Development

A need to tell and hear stories is essential to the species Homo sapiens—second in necessity apparently after nourishment and before love and shelter. Millions survive without love or home, almost none in silence; the opposite of silence leads quickly to narrative, and the sound of story is the dominant sound of our lives, from the small accounts of our day’s events to the vast incommunicable constructs of psychopaths.

Reynolds Price

This Chapter’s Talking Points


Think It


Write It


Develop It

I.  Think it

The thinking, researching, soul searching, criticism, doubt, recognition, quiet victory—it’s the process behind the story. The story is king. Always. This principle ...

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