Writing Wednesdays

Killer Instinct, Part Two

By Steven Pressfield |

I have a friend who runs a literary agency in Hollywood. She represents screenwriters. I was having lunch with her a few weeks ago and I asked her, “Is there any one mistake you find your writers making over and over?”

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Killer Instinct, Part One

By Steven Pressfield |

I’ve been doing a video series on social media called “The Warrior Archetype.” One of the points I’m trying to make is that exterior virtues that we often associate with soldiers and physical combatants can also be called upon by you and me as we fight the interior “war of art.”

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Historical Fiction, #1

By Steven Pressfield |

I was watching Shakespeare’s Henry V the other night (the Kenneth Branagh film version from 1989) and it got me thinking about historical fiction and why I write it. At least one of the reasons.

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Get to True Identity

By Steven Pressfield |

We’ve talked in recent weeks about the story-defining concept of

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A COVID-spawned enterprise

By Steven Pressfield |

When the coronavirus first hit, I thought to myself, “How can I help? People are facing tremendous new psychological and emotional challenges. What can I share? How can I contribute?”

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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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