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Writing life: Blockbusters

Hollywood script doctor Jeff Lyons doesn’t even believe in writer’s block, but he’s still going to help you beat it

As writers, we all have come to accept certain maxims to be true, or at least we have grown so familiar with the consensus memes of the creative writing world that we have become unwitting suckers, blindly accepting them, without exercising personal discernment and healthy skepticism as artists.

The memes I’m speaking of have become normalised and homogenised, so much so that we accept them as if they are true, have always been true, will forever be true:

• Good stories write themselves

• Characters write themselves

• It’s enough to be talented

• Writing conferences will make you a better writer

• Good stories always rise to the top and the list goes on...

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