Don’t Write Generic Dialogue. Speak to the specific complaint.

I hate generic stuff, moments that show something basic: the kid loves his mom! The cop works at a precinct! The couple is fighting! Any hack could write that, and it's the screenplay's job to show off what's special about your writing style. You want to sell people on the idea of you. Here's a... Continue Reading →

Improv for screenwriters – a sketch exercise that’s useful for scene work.

This is the exercise: Pick a situation that would happen in life. Identify five typical things thats would ordinarily happen in that situation. Pick an unusual thing. Apply that unusual thing to the list you generated in step 2. Example: A lady goes to a gym to see a trainer. Unusual thing: the trainer is... Continue Reading →

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