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‘All Screenwriting Books Are Bulls — ’ and Other Tips on Making Hollywood Blockbusters From Brian Koppelman, Six Seconds At A Time (Updated!)

Brian Koppelman's Six Second Screenwriting lessons on Vine are great for anyone who aspires to any sort of creative work — I know they've helped me with mine — so I'm transcribing them here. As of May 2015, there are more than 300.
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Cuts: Or, Things That Get Left Out

One of the hardest parts of journalism for me, because I get obsessed with whatever/whoever I’m learning about, is deciding what not to write — and inevitably, every story goes to print with some excellent stuff left out. I wrestle with this every story. This is one of the most important parts of writing, and to my immense...
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How To Write A Book

So here's how Behind the Drive got written.
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Choices: 2014 in Review

A quick recap of what I've been up to and working on in 2014, and some goals for 2015, including trying to blog better for you, because you're awesome.
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Just get it done.

"I had become really precious. I was a terrible freelancer. Magazines would hate me because I’d take some assignment and then I would freeze up."
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The Wild Truth

INTO THE WILD's Chris McCandless wasn't the real Chris McCandless at all.
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Why you should be reading fiction (and why I’m writing more of it)

This is a great article over at Medium about why you should be reading more fiction. I still love — absolutely love — the nonfiction work I do, but this pretty well covers why I'm writing — and will soon be publishing — more and more fiction, too. Some highlights:
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The worst book signing ever, by John Green (author of The Fault In Our Stars, Looking For Alaska)

Before he became world-famous for The Fault In Our Stars, John Green only had two people show up to a book signing. And then he accidentally insulted them.
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What it’s all about.

Thoughts on one bad week and what to do next and whether writing and blogging and all that is even worth it.
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How writing a book actually works.

This is five thousand percent true. And not just of writing a novel but of writing pretty much anything, at least if you want it to be good. 
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#Ferguson.

The town of Ferguson, Mo., is in chaos right now, being terrorized by the police. Here's what we can do to help.
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Why I write what I write.

"Being a writer" is an awesome job, yeah, but that's not really why I do it. No, that's kind of crazy, and I will share it with you now.
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Announcing ‘BEHIND THE DRIVE’ at the Hwy 55 Rally

Wherein I announce my book to 2,000 at the Durham Performing Arts Center during the crazy-good Hwy 55 company rally.
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‘Dees ees a vaste of toime! PUSHUPS!’

For whatever stupid reason, blogging scares me, and I was sitting here watching old episodes of How I Met Your Mother and trying to write another blog post about announcing my new book and sharing my heart and all that, and I was getting scared again, and then HIMYM reminded me of an invaluable life...
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Confessions of a fearful writer.

I'm a great blogger, and by great, I mean terrible.
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Off The Mat

How UFC featherweight Nik Lentz fought to save his father while reinventing himself.
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How Jim Carrey’s father, an accountant, inspired him to follow his dreams

"You can fail at what you don't want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love."
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The World’s First Post About the ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Finale

And by 'first' I mean five billionth. I'm not doing a whole recap or anything. This is going to be short and sweet. I don't think we've ever seen a comedy as creative and as risk-taking as HIMYM.
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Seven years ago today

Seven years ago today, Barton College and its hometown hero Anthony Atkinson won the 2007 NCAA Division II national championship in ridiculous fashion. To quote the great Will Leitch, whose writing about the game in the New York Times that year inspired the title of the book: “If this had happened in Division I, it...
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‘The Mommy Observation’ Examination

Examining an incredible moment from the "Big Bang Theory" episode, where humanity wins over both science and religion.
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Heisserer: How to write and pitch movies in Hollywood.

Writer and director Eric Heisserer, pictured below with Paul Walker while making HOURS, tweeted a lot the other day about writing and pitching movies. Here's what he had to say. It was great. (Featuring cameos from other writers and filmmakers he replied to and/or retweeted.)
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