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I made good headway into the book How Not to Write a Screenplay last night. I’m totally digging that book. It was EXACTLY what I was looking for – how often does that happen on the first try? What it’s given me is a good sense of what to leave OUT of my screenplay, which is almost more helpful than a list of what to put in. I’m happy to see that since my last foray into the world of screenwriting (back when I was a member of the screenwriter’s forum on pre-AOL Compuserve) the spec script (what I’m attempting) is a lot more conversational. It’s hard for me to explain what I like about it, but when he tells you when to NOT name characters (as opposed to naming even the least little person) you’re on the right track.