Writing Wednesdays

Mystery = Heart of Darkness

By Steven Pressfield |

Remember the principle we were examining a few months ago?

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Get to “I Love You” with One Character

By Steven Pressfield |

Far from Heaven (2002) is not an all-time great movie, but I confess I love it. Almost entirely for the ending, which to me is devastating.

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The Villain is the Hero’s Nemesis

By Steven Pressfield |

The obstacles that the hero confronts In Act Two can’t arise willy-nilly from everywhere and nowhere. They must originate from a single source—the villain.

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The King Archetype

By Steven Pressfield |

The following is a true story, paraphrased from Plutarch’s Life of Alexander. 

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Get to “I Love You,” Cosmic Version

By Steven Pressfield |

We’ve been saying over the past couple of weeks that the dramatic arcs of many, many novels and movies can be seen as simply

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Get to “I Love You,” Continued

By Steven Pressfield |

True, there are wonderful stories that end with one character declaring (on the nose, as they say in Hollywood), “I love you.”

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Get to “I Love You”

By Steven Pressfield |

“Shut up and deal.” “Would it kill you one time to put on a dress?” “Walter, you’re all washed up.”

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Does Nonfiction Need an Inciting Incident?

By Steven Pressfield |

Have you seen Elizabeth Gilbert’s 19-million-view TED talk, “Your Elusive Creative Genius?”

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A Body of Work

By Steven Pressfield |

I believe that Bruce Springsteen’s musical creations existed before he ever picked up a guitar or sat down at a piano.

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Which “I” am I?

By Steven Pressfield |

When we call ourselves “I,” which “I” do we mean?

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