Archive for June 18th, 2013

June 18, 2013

Lying to Tell the Greater Truth in Your Writing

Richard Walter has shared some excellent advice for screenwriters on The Wrap which essentially boils down to one point: Lie.

He writes,

Art, Picasso tells us, is the lie that tells the greater truth.

Screenwriters need to learn how to lie through their teeth.

As a screenwriting educator and script doctor I have seen more scripts brought down by a writer’s wrongheaded devotion to some idealized, romanticized, self-conscious, narcissistic, pie-in-the-sky notion of The Truth.

During tutorial sessions with writers in UCLA’s Master of Fine Arts screenwriting program, I often find myself asking something like, “Why is this character hemming and hawing, starting and stopping, meandering, beating around the bush?”

The answer I often get is, “That’s the way people really talk.”

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June 18, 2013

Quote of the Day: Roger Ebert

It’s not what a movie is about, it’s how it is about it.