by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) It’s seldom discussed, but most writers must get a lot of bad writing out before any solid storytelling begins flowing from us. As we grow, we see our own development and tend to discard the stories we worked on earlier in our journey. While our writing style may have left much to... Continue Reading →
by Ken Aguado (@kaguado) “What should I write?” It’s the first question every writer asks themselves before they embark on a new project. Very often the answer to this question starts with a flash of inspiration that leads to a story the writer “just has to tell.” And while I would never want to be the... Continue Reading →
by Fin Wheeler French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Delicatessen, Amelie) writes down all his ideas on scraps of paper and puts them in a shoebox. An interesting quirk for a character, a premise, themes, motifs, a interesting prop that might look good on the bedside table of the protagonist... they’re all jotted down, added to the... Continue Reading →
David Lynch has been in the news recently with the unveiling of his reboot of Twin Peaks, the classic 29-episode miniseries that consumed audiences in the early '90s. Ariston Anderson of Filmmaker Magazine recently shared ten lessons he learned from Lynch. Here are a few highlights: The thrill is in the hunt for a good... Continue Reading →
If you have four ideas, all equally viable, I’d recommend writing the one that has the best ending. That’s the one you’ve thought through the most, and the one you’re least likely to abandon midway.
If you’re going to be a writer, the first essential is just to write. Do not wait for an idea. Start writing something and the ideas will come. You have to turn the faucet on before the water starts to flow.
Writing is no trouble: you just jot down ideas as they occur to you. The jotting is simplicity itself - it is the occurring which is difficult.
The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.
An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.
Ideas can come from anywhere, they are the vital spark that starts the writing process. One of the best ways of deciding whether you’ve got a good idea fora movie is to ask yourself one simple question: “If someone else had written this story, would I get on a bus, go down to the cinema and pay to watch it?”