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Your Writing Coach 2nd ed: From Concept to Character, from Pitch to Publication by Jurgen Wolff

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“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”

—Jack London

Inspiration is wonderful, when it happens. The problem is that it is notoriously unreliable. In this chapter you will discover strategies and techniques to help you come up with ideas whenever you need them.

I first became interested in this area when I started writing for television. My agent set up appointments for me to pitch ideas to various series. At each meeting I was expected to present six to eight storylines that suited that show. I quickly realized it would be very helpful to have a method for coming up with good concepts, rather than sitting around and hoping some would occur to me randomly. Over the years I have ...

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