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The Strategic Producer by Federico Arditti Muchnik

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Chapter 3 Working the Material

 

 

 

 

 

 

A natural story is what we’re after. If a story feels right, it probably is. If a story feels like it needs to be improved or enhanced with a chase scene or a big finish, it probably needs work. It’s a well-known maxim that writing is re-writing. To get to a place where a story feels right requires improving that story. How does a producer, working with a writer, get to that point? How are you going to know which changes are good and which ones are not?

Creativity is a messy enterprise. The surest way to fail at improving a story is to believe there’s a clear-cut, clean, and logical method to it. There isn’t. The most common mistake storytellers make when rewriting a story is believing there are elements ...

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