Serious writers write, inspired or not. Over time they discover that routine is a better friend than inspiration.
Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.
Friend of the site Erik Bork has written a great new article on the first rule of screenwriting: Show, don’t tell. Erik writes,
At first, it might seem obvious. Film and television are visual media. You always want to give the audience something to watch. It’s boring to hear characters “speak information” to each other. It’s undramatic, and not entertaining.
But this most basic principle of dramatic writing goes beyond that — and it is an issue, at some point, in almost every script.
It’s not just that spoken dialogue is not an engaging way to transmit facts to the audience. It also doesn’t work very well. Readers and viewers are not able to absorb and process nearly as much information as writers tend to think, when it’s merely spoken in dialogue. Such information tends to just “bounce off”, especially when it comes out in undramatic situations, where the audience isn’t glued to the screen, because something really compelling is going on… Readers and audiences don’t want to work hard to have to take in, process and remember facts they’re being given. They’re there to be emotionally engaged and entertained.
It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.
The Big Fish script was written by John August based on the novel by Daniel Wallace.
Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else’s.
The script for Hook was written by Jim Hart and Nick Castle.
“To live… to live would be an awfully big adventure.” -Peter Pan
First get your facts, then distort them at your leisure.
My sister recently introduced me to the genius that is @WorstMuse. This friendly muse is full of unhelpful advice that will keep you on your toes, force you to laugh at almost every movie you’ve seen lately, and laugh at the unfortunate cliches in your own writing. Inspire yourself to break the mold and dig a little deeper in your own creative mind with such helpful reminders as:
Why *wouldn’t* the mature females of a sapient non-mammalian species have killer racks?
Have you considered adding a creepy kid who’s too smart for their age?
You never know what the latest trend will be, so make sure to include every single type of supernatural creature you have ever heard of.
You don’t need an editor! You don’t need anyone!
When you introduce a new female supporting character, take a moment to clarify whether your protagonist would “tap that.” read more »