Good writing avoids the strawman fallacy.

As someone who spends a lot of time debating points on the internet, I see a lot of strawman arguments. I’m also accused of doing it a lot. It’s useful to know what the strawman fallacy actually is, a simplification of a nuanced point to one that’s easier to argue against.

This video explains it well.

It’s important to understand the strawman fallacy so you can avoid it, both in online discourse and in screenwriting. I hate it when atheist scripts paint every Christian as a moron, when Christian scripts paint ever atheist as a monster, or when preachy scripts paint every casual coke user as a degenerate monster.

Published by Matt Lazarus

WGA screenwriter offering in-depth writing instruction, notes, critique, and assistance.

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