Diablo Cody, Dustin Lance Black, Thomas McCarthy and Jeff Nichols detail their work spaces, instruments, inspirations and processes. By Randee Dawn, Special to the Los Angeles Times Writing doesn't happen just like that. Except when it does. Either way, writers have to be prepared for all eventualities, and that means having the right space, the right instruments and the right mind-set to get down to business. Here, we speak with four original screenplay contenders about where their latest script idea came from, and how they first create their space (whether an office, a noisy coffeehouse or an RV) before they create that next prize-bait screenplay. Images, left to right: Leonardo DiCaprio in 'J. Edgar' (Warner Bros.); Charlize Theron in 'Young Adult' (Paramount Pictures); Bobby Cannavale and Paul Giamatti in 'Win Win' (20th Century Fox); Michael Shannon in 'Take Shelter' (Sony Pictures).
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