Plot (Part 2: Character and Premise)

Plot (Part 2: Character and Premise)

I’ve concluded that plotting for plot’s sake is a mathematical exercise doomed to yield soulless results. Starting with plot and ending with plot isn’t storytelling, it’s puzzle-making. There is now and always has been a market for these sorts of puzzles — the Mystery...
Plot (Part 1: Coming to Grips)

Plot (Part 1: Coming to Grips)

I have a mental/emotional block when it comes to hashing out plot. I take some comfort in knowing I’m not alone in this, but Ive decided that it’s time to address the problem directly. Heres a window into my longstanding M.O.: I create a character and follow him...
The Riskin Test

The Riskin Test

Listen up. This is important. There’s a test people apply to movies and television called the Bechdel Test. Here’s the gist from Wikipedia: “The Bechdel test asks whether a work of fiction features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a...
Learn From My (Other) Screenwriting Fail

Learn From My (Other) Screenwriting Fail

I’ve already talked about my Lost Weekend away from screenwriting. In a nutshell, I choked and sank into a deep depression, unable to produce a word for months. This time I want to talk about something more practical. I can sum it up with a cliche: “Check yourself...