Exercise: If you’re stuck on a plot, write from character POV

Goldman once wrote that screenwriting is structure. A lot of people take that to mean that screenwriting is plot, which is it isn’t. Screenwriting is about story, and story is about the immediate moments. Take James Bond. All the classic plots are pretty much the same (action scene, M tells Bond to kill a guy,Continue reading “Exercise: If you’re stuck on a plot, write from character POV”

Exercise: When you’re stuck on your story, try telling it in a different setting.

I’m a big fan of exercises , they drill fundamentals and unlock creativity when we get stuck. This is one of my favorites, because it spurs creativity, helps bypass plot problems, and establishes what story truly is. Story isn’t setting, story isn’t world building, story isn’t even dialogue. Stories, at there core, can be boiled down to primal, archetypalContinue reading “Exercise: When you’re stuck on your story, try telling it in a different setting.”