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What does it take to make a story rise to the top? Since 1985 I have had the privilege of critiquing screenplays from individuals, a few studio writers, and seeing many TV pilots. Most of the time they are in the "good range," but rarely rise to excellent or superior ... and they aren't that difficult to fix. All of the information necessary to make a screenplay rise above the rest is on the menu button at left, marked "Screen Writing." A few hints are here.


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