Demystifying the “two-hander” approach: why it’s important to know in writing your story.

Some story talk…

The Bark Bites Back

“Writing is thinking. To write well is to think clearly. That’s why it’s so hard.”                                                                                                                          -David McCullough

Screen Shot 2014-08-01 at 1.17.36 PM As we’ll find out later, two hands are better than one.

In a recent Scripnotes podcast, Making Things Better By Making Things WorseJohn August and Craig Mazin voiced disdain for textbook theories, and much of it rightly so, while discussing the vague topic of a “two-hander” that ultimately seemed no better or worse than those patterns concepts found in the same books they criticize.  As John describes: 

“A two-hander is a story with two important…

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