by Fin Wheeler Screenplays aren’t static, they’re a fluid thing. They change from draft to draft. An ability to rewrite and to listen to, take, and incorporate feedback is what separates professional screenwriters from the rest. In an interview, Joss Whedon was asked about feedback and whether a screenwriter should
I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of.
The way a musical can make us feel is unlike anything else, in song and particularly in dance. I think people fly through plate-glass windows when they get shot because movies don’t have dance scenes any more. This is what we do instead.
Absolutely eat dessert first. The thing that you want to do the most, do that.
The Writer: Joss Whedon is one of the most inventive writer/directors working in Hollywood today. He’s known for his strong female characters, his love of monsters, and the clever way he mashes genres together to create compelling, highly entertaining stories. Joss is the creative mind behind such cult classic TV shows
Limitations are something that I latch onto – like working in genre, or if you’re writing TV, there are act breaks, there’s a length of time it’s supposed to be. The restrictions of budget and sets can be really useful. When you can have everything, it’s very hard to make
Always be yourself… unless you suck.
Several years ago Joss listed his top ten writing tips.
I love fantasy. I love horror. I love musicals. Whatever doesn’t really happen in life is what I’m interested in. As a way of commenting on everything that does happen in life, because ultimately the only thing I’m really interested in is people.
This is an old article, but a worthwhile read, especially if you’re a diehard Whedon fan. Jane talks about the writing process in a Joss writer’s room.