30 January, 2008

"Having it all"

Write Here, Write Now:

"Blogging about screenwriting craft sometimes is like lighting the blue touchpaper and needing to stand WELL BACK... And predictably, my last post started a comments bomb off.

One thing that always amazes me about screenwriting craft is how far people seem to be at either end of extremes - writers either go for white OR black on the page it appears, the usual worry being story may not be what a writer intended if there's not enough detail or that "texture" or "colour" in a scene may be missed out somehow.

Yet why can't you have both? Enough black to be interesting, but enough white so as to not bamboozle your reader with extraneous detail?"

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