Everything I need to know about a Career in Hollywood …

I Learned From Writing Scripts

▶ By Rosanne Welch

When you study story structure from any of the many books published by the likes of Jule Selbo or Syd Field or Robert McKee, you learn much more than writing. You learn lessons in life.

Oddly enough, I had never heard of any of those books on how to write for television before I began writing for television—a job I enjoyed for nearly twenty years. It was only in the aftermath that I found those books in planning curriculum for my students, and then I realized that a study of the steps of story structure is actually a study of how to live, survive, and thrive when life throws the inevitable third act twist at you.

As a television writer with ...

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