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Another 101 Writing Tips From Hollywood Screenwriter Brian Koppelman

Brian Koppelman is an American screenwriter, novelist, director, and producer.

Best known as the co-writer of Ocean’s Thirteen and Rounders, Koppelman has also produced films such as The Illusionist and The Lucky Ones as well as directed films such as Solitary Man. (wiki)

Recently however, he’s also made the transition into teaching. Both with his blog and, now famous, ‘Six Second Screenwriting Lessons’ on Vine.

This is the sequel to the original 101 Writing Tips From Brian Koppelman (Vol. I). Below I’ve transcribed and listed another 101 of his six second screenwriting lessons.

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George R R Martin 'aha moment'

The stories of famous ‘aha moments,’ are awe-inspiring…

Legend has it, Percy Spencer invented the microwave after a candy bar melted in his pocket while he was fixing a radar; Isaac Newton discovered the law of gravity after watching an apple fall from a tree, and Albert Einstein finally grasped special relativity after glancing at Bern’s famous clock tower on his way home from work.

How lucky and supremely intelligent these individuals must have been to stumble onto such great ideas in a single instant.

Or so we’ve been taught to think. 

The truth is the ‘aha moment’ is one of the most misunderstood concepts in psychology.

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Quentin Tarantino's Telepathic Rewriting Technique

“All the arts depend upon telepathy to some degree, but I believe that writing offers the purest distillation.” – Stephen King

So you’ve beaten procrastination, strove for excellence rather than perfection and pushed through to do what screenwriter Brian Koppelman says 99% of writers with an idea only ever dream of…

You’ve finished your first draft.

Good job! Mission accomplished.

Time to sit back, relax, and share your masterpiece with the world, right?

Yeah, if only creativity was that straightforward…

Unfortunately, unless you’re blessed with incredible luck and superhuman literary genius, you’re gonna have to do a rewrite.

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“I can do the work of a year in 9 months, but not in 12” — J. P. Morgan

Multitasking is one of the biggest causes of stressEver year a survey called The National College Health Assessment is carried out nationwide.

Year after year roughly 45% of students report being depressed to the point that it’s difficult to function and 80% report feeling overwhelmed.

Not exactly American Pie 2…

While we’re learning more and more about what depression is, something strange seems to be happening. We are getting more and more depressed, and at younger ages.

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drawing exercises from Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci needs no introduction from me.

Nearly everything that can be said of him, has already been said…

Some claim he was a superhuman genius polymath with an IQ of 210, five hundred years ahead of his time.

Others say that he was an opportunistic idea thief, only modifying the designs of the better inventors that came before him.

A few even believe that he was a prophet and left hidden symbols, codes, and upside down animal shapes in his paintings (that’s a topic for another post…or not).

But whatever you think of Leonardo da Vinci’s place in histories’ list of top IQs, there’s one thing that’s agreed upon by both the conspiracists and skeptics alike.

The man was a damn good artist.

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