Writing

All writing is thinking. Regardless of the medium, the writer must inform himself completely. Inadequate thinking equates to bad writing. But asking lots and lots and lots of questions will lead to at least some very solid answers. Simply put, great thinking creates great writing. 

But you must also trust in yourself. Often the most difficult thing, especially for the beginning screenwriter, is to trust and to discover that you have stories to tell - lots of them. 

The Triangle

THE TRIANGLE   We can all imagine a triangle: three lines, three points, three angles. And the image of a triangle is a great way to think about the writing process. There are always three parts: the writer, the material, and the audience.   But often writers are...
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The Three C's

All good screenwriting incorporates the Three C’s whenever possible: CLEAR, CONCISE, and CREATIVE. And it is important to apply the Three C's to all aspects of the screenplay, action, and dialogue. When writing the slug line... Be CLEAR. Make sure you are clear as to where...
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100 Percent Rule

KILLING YOUR BABIES It sounds horrible: “Kill your babies!” But please understand that I am not advocating the genocide of newborn infants. Your babies are your ideas. You gave birth to them. They’re yours. And sometimes it’s extremely difficult to let go of those fun, fresh, and fantastic...
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Rewriting

A few years ago, Richard Stayton, the editor in chief of Written By magazine, and I had a screening of A History of Violence for our students at Glendale College, and the screenwriter, Josh Olson, came in for a Q&A after the film. The questions were the standard...
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Your Box of Knowledge

“As I grow to understand life less and less, I learn to love it more and more.”– Jules Renard (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); class="eliadunit"> Imagine drawing a simple square on a chalkboard. That square represents the sum of what you know and what you hope to know –
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