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...Interest and Human Interest. Those two elements are responsible for the sale of more manuscripts than anything else with which the writer has to do."
In choosing a theme for your photoplay, then, constantly bear in mind the great truth that, no matter how original, how interesting, or how cleverly constructed your plot may be, it will be sadly lacking unless it contains a goodly percentage of one or both of these desirable qualities. The frequently-quoted formula of Wilkie Collins,Make em laugh; make em cry; make em wait." simply sums up the proper procedure when you set out to win the interest and sympathy of the spectators. "The greatest aid in selling scripts is the injection of the human-interest bits. Every effective bit of business concisely told helps the sale because it helps the editor," Mr. Sargent remarks in one of his criticisms. "Reach your readers' hearts and brains," says Arthur S. Hoffmann, editor of _Adventure_, in _The Magazine Maker_. And then, after citing the dictum of Wilkie Collins,... Reade, Charles
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