Degree of Difficulty

Degree of Difficulty

I often say that a good story idea focuses on one big problem that it takes the whole story to solve. What that means is that the problem has to emerge early in the story (traditionally at the “Catalyst” or “Inciting Incident,” about 10% in), and not be resolved until...
Finding the right genre

Finding the right genre

Blake Snyder’s ten “genres” and fifty “subgenres” in his Save the Cat books are my single favorite tool for screenwriters.  I have long believed that studying this system of story types, and making sure each script you write clearly fits...
Inciting Incident types

Inciting Incident types

  Lately I’ve been brainstorming what to write for my next feature script.  And I’ve been looking for questions to ask myself which might lead to good ideas. The goal is to stimulate the flow of possibilities through the use of some sort of  prompt, and...
BRIDESMAIDS: The Beat Sheet

BRIDESMAIDS: The Beat Sheet

I created a “beat sheet” for Bridesmaids for the folks at Save the Cat — it’s now up on their website. Which of Blake Snyder’s genres and subgenres do you think this hugely successful comedy fits?  Take a look to find...