The 2-Act Structure [Because You Write The Rules]

In an earlier post I warned you about the 2-Act Structure. If none of the structural paradigms offered by the gurus work for you, why don’t you create your own? Here is mine. Every structure model is academic. There really are no rules. Instead, these systems are merely tools to allow us to communicate about story. In the course of … Read More

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Story & Structure :: Three’s a Crowd: Multi-protagonist Stories :: 10 Secrets to Creating Unforgettable Supporting Characters :: Great Character: Arthur Edens (“Michael Clayton”) :: Screenplay Review – Norm The Movie :: Act Structure By Minute?  Script Perfection :: Screenwriting Tips: “Write What You Know” Doesn’t Mean… :: Breaking In: Are Screenwriters “Born This Way”? :: Dialogue and Dialog :: “Where … Read More

Are You A Reader Of Screenplays Or A Watcher Of Movies?

Some respected screenwriting gurus claim that you should read and study as many screenplays as possible. It doesn’t matter if the film was a success or a flop: you learn either way. I agree. But more importantly, you should watch and analyze the movies. For years, I blindly followed this dogma, as it seemed to make a lot of sense. … Read More