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My Story Can Beat Up Sample PDF

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MY
STORY
CAN BEAT UP
YOUR
STORY!
Ten Ways to Toughen Up Your Screenplay 
FROM OPENING HOOK TO KNOCKOUT PUNCH 
JEFFREY ALANSCHECHTER
MICHAEL WIESE PRODUCTIONS
 
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 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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INTRODUCTION: Why Your ScreenplayNeeds to Be the Toughest Kid on the Block
And why being just as good isn’t good enough
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1. My Story Can Beat Up Your Story!
How to avoid the most common mistake o all ailedscreenplays, a story that’sa ninety-seven-pound weakling
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2. My Theme Is Smarter Than Your Theme
The simple and potent way to understand what your storyis really about
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3. My Hero’s a Winner, Your Hero’s a Wiener!
Drive your story with a hero who’s not a zero by askingour questions
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4. My Hero Fights, Your Hero Bites!
Keep your story moving with a hero that rockets throughthe same our archetypes that all great movie heroes share
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5. Your Bad Guy Punches Like My Sister
Turn your hero’s worst nightmare into your story’s best riendby understanding the unity o opposites
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6. My Hero Has Buds, Your Hero Has Duds
Know your hero, and your villain, by the company they keep
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7. I Can Pitch, You Throw Like A Girl
The QuickPitch ormula, including the three most importantwords every good pitch must have
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8. I Plot, You Plotz
Tell your story the way people expect, but fll it withplot twists they don’t
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Table of Contents
 
9. I’m Not Afraid of the Dark
Meet the “Guide,” your story’s next best riend
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10. I Work Smarter, You Work Harder— And Not in a Good Way!
The
My Story Can Beat Up Your Story!
tough writer’sbusiness plan
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CONCLUSION
Write now, right now... (and then write again, right away!)
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 APPENDIX: Five Movies, All Beat Up
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 About the Author
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Index of Films
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My Story Can Beat Up Your Story!
Schechter
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