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This has been an unusual week for plane crashes. First there was the guy who jumped out of his plane to fake his death and then the crash yesterday of Flight 1549 that landed in the Hudson River.  When was the last time the news was about two airplanes crashing in the same  week where there wasn’t a single person killed? 

All of this reminds me of a quote by UCLA screenwriting professor Richard Walter who wrote, “Planes that land safely do not make the headlines and nobody goes to the theater, or switches on the tube, to view a movie entitled The Village of the Happy Nice People.”  (That’s from memory and I’ll double check it later.)

So always keep that in mind when you’re writing. Something must jolt us from our everyday lives to peak our interest. And the things that tend to jolt us are full of conflict. 

To read a longer post about conflict check out the post Everything I Learned in Film School.

Scott W. Smith

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