Who is My Antagonist?

Who is My Antagonist?

Many writers believe their story needs a villain — a single character who is the main source of opposition in the story, or the primary “bad guy.” Since arguably all stories have a “protagonist,” don’t they all need an “antagonist”? I don’t believe they...
Script Consultants: A Waste?

Script Consultants: A Waste?

A few years ago, screenwriter Craig Mazin wrote a blog post voicing his skepticism about “script consultants” —  titled “Screenwriting is Free“.  Craig (Identity Thief, The Hangover Part II) was advocating for aspiring writers, who he...

Blake Snyder’s “5-Step Finale”

For those of you who use the Blake Snyder Beat Sheet (which I highly recommend, and use in my script consulting), I recently came across an archived blog post from Blake himself, where he goes into greater detail on how he thinks the “Finale” section (that...

Main characters and DRAMATICA

One issue I commonly find in scripts I read is a lack of clarity on whose emotional point-of-view the story is being told through.  I think that we as writers don’t instinctively realize just how important it is to choose a main character and STAY WITH THEM.  I...