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"I was starting to worry about competition from new, young writers, coming up. So I thought if I could get in there and screw them up, that might keep them off my back for a while."
Aaron Sorkin on his new screenwriting Masterclass. Read about it here!
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Don't miss Aaron Sorkin on Screenwriting!
Aaron Sorkin discusses intentions and obstacles, his new screenwriting masterclass, and how to write great dialogue.
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"Even bad people don’t think they’re bad people. Everyone thinks they’re acting from their own kind of righteousness. So being able to empathize with a villain is important."
Sian Heder
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"I’m a big fan of rewriting. I take notes. I listen to people’s notes.
"So many writers receive notes and listen to them, but when they sit down to their computer, they say, 'Oh god, but I love that scene. If I take that note then it will just unravel this whole first act.' But maybe it does need to unravel. Maybe the first act needs to disappear and start with the second act.
"So I think those things are scary because you think you’re brilliant and limited. You think, 'If I throw out this idea, will there be another good idea?' One of the lessons that I’ve learned by being in writer’s rooms is that there is always another idea. By making a radical change, you can unearth a much better story.
"You don’t take everyone’s notes because everyone is opinionated and you want to tell the story you want to tell, but I think when a note rings true or when many people give you the same note, then I am all for accommodation."
Sian Heder
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"Sometimes characters come from out of necessity. On Orange is The New Black, I’ll go to write a scene and will think, “God, I really need a person for Piper to talk to, so let me just create a character so she can have someone to talk to because all the other characters are busy right now.” And then that new person can become a character on the show."
Sian Heder
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