1. “Good writers borrow. … Great writers steal.”
2. Remember: Shakespeare never went to Italy.
3. “Get right to it.”
4. Story is character.
5. Begin scenes late and end them early.
6. All scenes must have external and internal conflict.
7. Pace isn’t speed.
8. “Bad things happen to good people. Audiences expect poetic justice.”
9. The dialogue says it all.
10. Shakespeare was all about output.
Some sage advice from a study of the bard in particular about travelling to collect experiences. Hardly necessary these days with Google and Google Earth. Take for instance the seaside holiday park above found in Japan. The colours are amazing and hardly seem of the natural earth.