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 Posted: Fri Oct 26th, 2012 04:21 pm
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This is form a previous post for 2007 I dug up:

A rule says, "You must do it this way." A principle says, "This works...and has through all remembered time." The difference is crucial. Your work needn't be modelled after the well-made play; rather it must be well made within the principles that shape out art. Anxious, inexperienced writers obey rules. Rebellious, unschooled writers break rules. Artists master the form."

From Robert McKee's book and workshop, "Story."

Also, from Gore Vidal: "Don't worry about becoming a great writer. Just try to become a good writer."

Also, one of my mentor's once said, "Some writer's knew 10 books well and based their writing on learning those 10 books well. Others read thousands of books and were no better writers. you just have to know who you are."

David Cromer, the director who just won one of those MacArthur "Genius" grants said he based his entire career on Bennet Cerf's collection of twelve great plays.

One can either have a breadth of knowledge or a depth of knowledge; or one can have both. It makes no difference. If you want to know more, you will seek it. if you don't want to know more, you won't.

Add to the list Aristotle's "The Poetics." it is the grand parent of all.

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in media res