Category Archives: Writing

Sassetta (approximately)

This post continues my Story Structure series. What does it mean to tell a story? I think one of the valid reasons that people often stress 3-act structure in screenplays is that it’s one way of making sure that we … Continue reading

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Jane Austen: Free indirect discourse

A post in the ongoing series Poetry in the Arts. Jane Austen In an earlier entry, on Emily Dickinson, I tried to focus on the way poetry arises by metaphor: the author introduces a beginning that demands an certain ending, … Continue reading

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de Hooch and Matisse

This post continues my Story Structure series. Three interrelated paintings (the comparison between the first two is suggested in Modern Art by Sam Hunter and John M. Jacobus). A Dutch Courtyard (1658-1660) by Pieter de Hooch The Piano Lesson (1916) … Continue reading

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Star Wars (the original: is there any other?)

This post continues my Story Structure series. In an earlier post Two Frescoes, by Giotto and by Taddeo Gaddi, I questioned how many famous movies really are most usefully analyzed as having “3-act structure” — despite the claims of the … Continue reading

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Perugino and Raphael

This post continues my Story Structure series. Here are three similar paintings: Christ Delivering the Keys of the Kingdom to Saint Peter by Pietro di Cristoforo Vannucci (1445?-1523), called Perugino

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Beethoven — String Quartet in C Sharp Minor, Number 14, Opus 131

This post continues my Story Structure series. Some people may have found the writing examples in my previous posts, Pieter Brueghel and W.H. Auden and Two Frescoes, by Giotto and by Taddeo Gaddi, unconvincing — because a painting, which tells … Continue reading

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Dynamic Screenwriting

Note: The series, Story Structure, that I’m currently reposting here, was originally posted in the discussion boards of a well-known website for screenwriters. I had a fairly rich life there, corresponding back and forth with other writers. One exchange happened … Continue reading

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