04 May, 2008



I now have an index card saying “DISCIPLINE - FOCUS - POSITIVE ENERGY” due to this post by Blake Snyder.


Diablo Cody Talks Drama

She says it's better to take things from real life than recycle stuff from bad movies and TV, basically.


Writing the wrong story

Mary-Ann talks about the important first step or pre-step.


Leverage week 1

Showrunner John Rogers blogs about his new show and, as Piers reminds me, Battlestar Galactica continue with their writersroom podcasts. And Lady Jane talked about her BSG episode recently and the use of "we realise"


Screenwriting as Communication

Kristen Olson: “Screenwriting is a performative act; that is to say that it is a matter of performance, and not of intent. There are a lot of screenwriters that think of themselves as artists. What becomes important to them as a product of this belief is focusing on artistic sensibilities and inspiration. Horse twaddle.

Whether you’re a screenwriter cannot be decided by whether you write a screenplay, sell a screenplay, or loftily pursue the elevation of the art. Being a screenwriter is about one thing, and that’s what you’ve got to prioritize over absolutely everything else: communicating with the audience.”

Yes, "performative" is a real word.


The Protagonist’s “call to action” dilemma

Unk: "Remember the inciting incident? Remember how it totally kicks the Protagonist off that balance beam we call his or her ordinary world?

Well right after we make him or her lose their balance and take that fall, they’re stunned. They weren’t expecting this to happen to them. Their ordinary world is now disrupted to the point that they’ve got to stand back and take a breath… They don’t know what the fuck to do…

Time to regroup.

The Protagonist is going through a call to action dilemma. No, this ain’t the big dilemma that you might want to throw at your Protagonist later on down the line… This is a small one but to me, it’s really important. In fact, I look for it in every script and guess what?

I rarely see it."


Moving From Long Running Series To Taking The Next Step

Jason reports on the Writers Guild event. Although the optimism has been overshadowed by this Guardian report on BBC drama (and the follow-up debate), his conclusions are right.: "the hard part is the discipline to sit down and write ourselves a portfolio of brilliant, shiny scripts. Any talk of how it's "who you know, not what you know", in my view, is just an excuse for not having reached the right level of excellence, discipline and/or attitude."


Confidence and Attitude

Danny suggests a way to take rejection.


Get the ending right, before starting the start

David Bishop talks about procrastination which I'm sure more than one of us can relate to.


The Six Hour Scene

John August: "In How To Write a Scene, I explained my basic process for getting a scene on paper, which consists of looping it in my head, doing a “scribble version,” and then writing up the final thing. But like all workflows, there’s something a little best-case-scenario about the way I described it. So in the interest of myth-busting, I want to explain how some scenes are a lot more work."


Something for the weekend

English Dave: "...As a writer, the Freudian approach (boil any action down to it's true motive and sex will be behind it somewhere) is a useful tool when approaching character motivation. It adds another layer to your view of why a character chooses a course of action, be that over a script or a single scene and helps humanise them in your mind rather than making them simply plot enablers.

A character has to have a self-perception of who they really are if they are to work on paper and on screen. That's what a real character biography is. Not what colour of socks they wear. Where they eat or what CD's they buy. Those are just examples of how they'd like the world to perceive them. What really makes them tick is their attitude towards sex and money. Get to the bottom of that and you have a very real character."


Why Want and Need Should be Different

Adrian Reynolds has a must read blog with some spot on reviews, industry experiences and craft posts.

"...perhaps the most useful way of plotting the arc of whatever character you’re wanting to write is to think through what they want and what they need."


Genre or Die

Lucy's latest genre focus is on Gangsters and includes an interview with JK Amalou. Previous genres covered were horror, romantic comedy, thriller, comedy and science fiction.



Anonymous said...

I wonder if Diablo Cody has a video about taking ideas and names from Korean films.

Robin Kelly said...

Ano is referring to this

Cody taking the idea is possible, happens all the time, but why take the name as well? It suggests to me it's just a co-incidence. Or she saw the trailer and forgot about it.

Anonymous said...

Hey Robin, I was just being flippant. I just don't see what the fuss is about. I read somewhere she didn't know about its existence and intended to see it.

Lucy said...

Thanks for the shout-out Robin...The very latest in my series is Art Film (updated late last night)