Great writing advice from quite possibly the greatest movie ever made!
I say ‘quite possibly’ because I can never decide between Casablanca and It’s A Wonderful Life. Yes, I know they are both decades-old black and whites, but what do you expect from an old fart like me?
My wife and I watched the 1942 classic Casablancaa few nights ago. It had been over a dozen years since I had seen it, and it was the first time for my wife. All I have to say is that the movie is classic for a reason, and that it gets better with each viewing.
And what struck me were the lessons this movie provides about novel writing. Sure, it’s a different art than screenwriting, but several techniques translate very well across the mediums. Here are the ones that struck me.
I won’t give away the plot here, since this isn’t a movie review per se, and because I want you to watch it in a pristine, unspoiled state. But there may be mild spoilers, so don’t get mad at me if you keep reading!
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