Goals, Stakes, Rooting Interest (part one)

Scripts need a rooting interest. You create this by setting up character, stakes, and a goal by the end of the first act. Picture this: a vengeful god comes down from heaven and tells you that you have 24 hours to kill an evil man, or you'll die. You're allowed to ask one question. If... Continue Reading →


You can avoid the most common second act problem by writing a short synopsis before you write a draft.

I like to assign this exercise: tell your story in 200 words, 50 words per act (Act 1, Act 2a, Act 2b, 3). I call this "the handle" because it affords you a handle on your story. There are a number of reasons to do this, it provides a convenient overview of a story, it... Continue Reading →

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