From the Washington Post: “Linguists identify 15,000-year-old ‘ultraconserved words’”
Language scientists have discovered:
words that have descended largely unchanged from a language that died out as the glaciers retreated at the end of the last Ice Age. Those few words mean the same thing, and sound almost the same, as they did then.
It’s a fascinating read about the ever-changing — and sometimes immobile — landscape of language.
Brilliant and entirely correct. Thank you Jessica Hische.
Screenwriters in the know are well acquainted with the masters of film and television storytelling such as Syd Field, Robert McKee, Blake Snyder, Billy Mernit, and Michael Hauge. These men have contributed much to the contemporary development of the art and craft of writing in the industry (and yes, there are a few women…a few) and continue to influence generations of writers.
Michael Hauge is one of the very best teachers in Hollywoodland. He sees what lies beneath the page and communicates in plain language so writers might learn and improve, not just memorize theory. Michael publishes a periodic newsletter that will be beneficial to new writers who want to pick up some solid understanding of the craft and to seasoned writers who want to keep their pencils sharpened.
Subscribe to Michael Hauge’s Story Mastery Newsletter at StoryMastery.com (formerly ScreenplayMastery.com).
From the Globe and Mail this weekend, a tasty roundup of Canada’s latest literary stars. Add these authors to your Goodreads list and dive in!
With eBooks replacing hardcovers, social media replacing book tours, Amazon replacing bookstores, and bookstores replacing books with gardening supplies, the state of the book business (and of books themselves) remains uncertain.
Read “The fab five: Canlit’s hottest up-and-comers” by Kate Carraway and Victor Dwyer at globeandmail.com
In Just What Is It About Mad Men?, I asked what draws viewers to the hit show season after season. I still don’t have that answer. What I do have is another question that perhaps the writers collected will discuss.
What are the stakes for Don Draper? In other words, what does he have to lose and how high are those stakes for him? For us? The discussion is relevant to the the writing of single stories such as novels and feature films as well as to the writing of stories told in series.