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This week's question

I've heard that good scripts have all four of the elements: fire, water, earth, and air. Do you think that's a good idea?

Carter B. 

This week's Answer: 

Elemental, My Dear Watson

Yes, Carter, I do. A writer should always have the four elements in mind when it comes to his/her script. Water for when you're frustrated that you can't come up with a good logline, you can dump a glass of it on your computer and make that the reason you couldn't write. 

Air for when you need to open a window and lean out and shout, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!" (and then you can throw your laptop out the window and see if it flies). 

Fire for when you've finished your script and aren't happy with the result in a big way, so you decide to print it out and then set it on fire and then send smoke signals that spell out in smoke signal language that you quit and nobody is ever again to ask you how your screenplay is going. 

And, of course lastly, earth for when you dislike your screenplay so much that you decide to bury it. But be careful with that one because somebody might dig it up 250 years later and put his  name on it and sell it for a million dollars.

And I don't think WGA's  registry period lasts that long.

Doug Herman

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