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”

If your logline makes more sense after adding “they fight zombies,” it’s not ready yet.

Most people pitch loglines that are all first act, no second act. Here are a few anemic loglines that were all submitted on reddit at one time or another. The bolded part is where I added zombie fighting. Three Irish teenagers attempt to impress girls and make new friends whilst navigating the minefield that isContinue reading “If your logline makes more sense after adding “they fight zombies,” it’s not ready yet.”