This article was originally published by LiveRead/LA. It is reprinted here with permission. by Tim Schildberger (@LiveReadLA) How is writing with an audience in mind different from writing what you think an audience wants? Some Hollywood Insiders will tell you the most efficient path to screenwriting success is to read
No matter how many times people say it – ‘Oh, I’m just writing this for myself’ ‘Oh, I’m just doing this for myself’ – nobody’s doing it for themselves! You’re doing it for an audience.
Write for the most intelligent, wittiest, wisest audience in the universe: Write to please yourself.
The older I get, the more I look at movies as a moving miracle. Audiences are harder to please if you’re just giving them special effects, but they’re easy to please if it’s a good story.
The appreciative smile, the chuckle, the soundless mirth, so important to the success of comedy, cannot be understood unless one sits among the audience and feels the warmth created by the quality of laughter that the audience takes home with it.
This article from johnaugust.com discusses the oh-so-tricky art of revealing just as much information as you need to and finding the perfect time in your script to reveal it.