To what rule or force might one devote oneself to ensure success as a screenwriter?

Schools and individual buccaneers spring up to instruct the gullible and hopeful: “Learn the Secrets of the Second Act,” “Learn How to Harness the Secret Power of Chaos,” “Earn an MFA in Screenwriting.”

These educational entities appeal to the common sense of the ignorant.

That is, they present a syllogism that is inherently logical.

It is, however, false.

One can study marching, the entry-level skill of the military, until one shines at it as has none other. This will not, however, make it more likely that one will be tapped to be the Secretary of the Army.

– David Mamet, Bambi vs. Godzilla: On the Nature, Purpose, and Practice of the Movie Business (2007)

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