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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

October 9, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Screenwriting tips from Diablo Cody

Diablo Cody, you may remember, was the screenwriter who won an Academy Award for 2007′s “Juno”; she went on to write “Jennifer’s Body,” “Young Adult” (a very good, dark comedy that unfortunately didn’t find much of an audience), and some TV episodes of “The United States of Tara” and “Children’s Hospital.” Now she’s making her writing/directing debut with “Paradise,” a movie that opens in some theaters (but none in Seattle; the closest is the Kitsap 8) next week. And she’s written a very entertaining piece called “The 7 Things No One Tells You About Being a Top Screenwriter” for Vulture, which is well worth a read. A sample:

2.You will be a big deal for about ten seconds.
Since I “broke through” (ugh) six years ago, countless younger, funnier, smarter writers have flocked to Hollywood and TOOK MY JERB. That’s the nature of this business. Just ask any of the actresses who were on the cover of Vanity Fair’s Hollywood Issue in the nineties. Believe me, they all want to murder Emma Stone right now. You will be replaced. Keep your head down and work as much as you can.

Good advice. Read the whole thing here.

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