Wednesday Writing Tip #06

It’s time for a little balance. While in previous posts you’ve seen me bang on about the importance of character in driving your story, that’s – perhaps obviously – not the be all and end all of screenwriting. Writing great characters does not ensure your script will result in a …

Wednesday Writing Tip #05

To get the easy pun for this picture out of the way: life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Or at least, not if you compare it to films and TV adaptations of real life events. If you’ve been writing for a while, you’ll probably find yourself going: “ooh, …

Wednesday Writing Tip #04

My view on stories has evolved over the *censored* years I’ve been working as a script editor. I started out working mostly from intuition and have over the years added experience and various screenwriting theories to my arsenal. One thing that sticks out from those years of experience (okay, okay, …

Wednesday Writing Tip #03

We all like to think we’re geniuses. Natural talents to whom our art comes as natural as breathing. We also all know better. Deep down, anyway. Deep, deep down. Sure, sometimes inspiration strikes and the words just flow and flow, unbidden, unplanned, at annoyingly inconvenient moments. But it is rare …