10 THINGS ABOUT SCREENWRITING: VOL. 3

  1. Scene description is more like poetry than prose. Active verbs. Vivid descriptors. Think of it as 'imagematic' writing.
  2. Three Act Structure = Beginning, Middle, End. Works for stories, subplots, sequences, and scenes.
  3. A compelling Protagonist-Antagonist relationship is one in which there is a psychological connection between them.
  4. Dialogue = Conversation with a purpose
  5. Plot answers the question: "What is the story about?" Theme answers the question: "What does the story mean?"
  6. At a fundamental level, screenwriting is scene-writing.
  7. Want drama? Ask a character: What do you fear the most. Then put them in a story where they have to face that fear.
  8. When you finish a draft, set it aside for at least two weeks. You need that time to develop 'fresh eyes' for an honest assessment of the story.
  9. Go beyond a character's 'flaw'. Think about Disunity, psychological and emotional dynamics creating inner conflicts which need resolution.
  10. Begin with character. End with character. Find the story in between.