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Vale's Technique of Screen and Television Writing by Eugene Vale

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How to Choose Story Material

Variety

At first, it seems impossible to find any general rules concerning the basic material. Stories are as varied as life itself. Everything that can be imagined can also be told. A story can deal with a Sherpa mountain climber or with the Queen of England, it can dramatize death and agony, or it can describe an idyllic planting of flowers.

Instead of attempting to impose a narrow definition upon such bountiful freedom, we proceed to make this very variety our first demand: stories must be different from one another. The audience constantly wants new stories, the public desires to hear new things. Thus variety is an essential attribute of the story.

Still, in all this multitude and variety, there are elements ...

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