The first act creates context

A first act creates the context: the facts a reader needs to understand the story going forward. It contextualizes a lot of things including: Character Who are we following and what's their deal? What’s their archetype? what are their distinct traits? What do they want? Take a movie like THE VERDICT. At no point does... Continue Reading →

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Don’t let a desperation to sell distract you from writing.

I recently wrote up a series of notes for a client script. I got this in response: “My only question for you is whether you think there is something salvageable here(1). Obviously as a writer there's always value in finishing a project in order to improve. But I really don't wanna put my time into... Continue Reading →

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