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Monday, September 17, 2007

Why It's Sometimes Better To Write It First

I've never quite had this conversation as an author, not that I remember. Not with an agent or with an editor. (Well, my former UK agent managed to kill one book by getting me to tell her the story over lunch, and then saying sniffily "Well, it's not really High Concept is it?" and saying nothing else about it, and after that the book in question never seemed as inviting...)

But I've had this conversation several times with Studio Executives, as a film-writer. I once went in to pitch a story to a studio boss and walked out with a commission to write a completely different film based on something that had happened to him on his holidays. Honest.)

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