Writing Wednesdays

The Hero in “A Man at Arms”

By Steven Pressfield |

In our previous two posts, we examined several embryonic elements as they came together at the inception of an idea for a novel. 

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The McGuffin in “A Man at Arms”

By Steven Pressfield |

We’ve talked in earlier posts about “the McGuffin,” i.e. the item or person that the villain wants. Let’s examine this today in terms of the genesis of A Man at Arms.

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The Genesis of “A Man at Arms”

By Steven Pressfield |

My niece Meredith was getting married. She asked me to be the officiant.

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Pike decides to die

By Steven Pressfield |

William Holden plays Pike Bishop, the leader of the “Wild Bunch,” in the 1969 movie of the same name. He has one of the all-time great Private Moments toward the end of the final reel.

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Are You Too Scared to Sell Yourself?

By Steven Pressfield |

I am. The illustration below is by the renowned and redoubtable Victor Juhasz. It expresses exactly the way I feel when a book is done and it’s time to get out and sell it.

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The Power of a Private Moment

By Steven Pressfield |

Why is a Private Moment so powerful in a book or movie?

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Thank You, Tom Guinzburg

By Steven Pressfield |

My original manuscript for Gates of Fire, back in 1996, was 802 pages long.

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The Girl in the Moon

By Steven Pressfield |

When you and I as writers are looking to deliver a Big Moment, we often think it has to come in a rock-em-sock-em, five-star, dyn-o-mite scene in which characters are passionately declaiming at one another, if not firing guns, crashing cars, and blowing up the planet.

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Robert DeNiro sits in a chair

By Steven Pressfield |

I was working on a screenplay with director Andy Davis (The Fugitive, Under Siege, Above the Law) when he got an odd, dissatisfied look on his face.

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Inciting Incident #8

By Steven Pressfield |

We were talking last week about one of the qualities of the Inciting Incident, the moment in Act One when the story actually STARTS. We said that

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