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Writing a Screenplay? What Should You Keep in Mind?

1. What makes a good story? Conflict, and something to root for, a new perspective.

2. Your main character(s) must have flaws, perfect is boring. And, these flaws should play nicely against your antagonist or the conflict in tShow he story.

3. Write what you know, create your own world or research.

4. What makes a great character name? The name Nick Fury is a great example of the name representing qualities of the character.

5. Show, don't tell.

6. Alfred Hitchcock, The Master of Suspense said that if you let the audience in on some of the storyline but leave the characters in the dark that the audience starts to feel stress for the characters. The longer you can keep the characters going without resolution the better.

7. Your story can't be too predictable and your characters can't be incredibly lucky.

8. We have to hook our audience in the first few minutes.

9. I, personally, love stories with a twist. I also love stories with symmetry.

10. Create a space where you can think, outline and write.

11. You will always be editing. It is better to get started than to be perfect.


12. If you find yourself blocked try changing locations, taking a shower, getting some exercise, calling a friend, or getting out there and experience life. Something may come to you OR check out the free resources for some more tips.


13. Have fun and enjoy the process. Whatever that process may be.

14. The legendary Dr. Maya Angelou told me, "Keep writing." So, let's go!



Have fun, stay curious and keep writing.



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