Archive for October 2nd, 2013

October 2, 2013

Terry Rossio on Finding a Uniquely Compelling Screenplay Concept

Perhaps one of the most frustrating things that can happen to a writer is having someone in power tell you that your writing is great and your story is entertaining, but your concept isn’t sellable. Or it’s not quite compelling enough, or too complicated, or whatever. Having that perfect concept is the first key to writing a script that people will actually want to buy. But how do you find your concept? And how do you know when it’s strong enough?

Terry Rossio has weighed in on this very subject on his website, Wordplayer:

As a screenwriter and novice film producer, people send me screenplays. Like everyone else in town, I’d love to find that next great script, discover that next great talent. And having read and commented on several hundred scripts, let me tell you the single most common problem I’ve found:

Lack of a good concept.

Very often the screenwriter has picked, right from the start, a concept that even in its best form isn’t the type of story that sells to Hollywood.

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October 2, 2013

Quote of the Day: Allegra Goodman

Know your literary tradition, savor it, steal from it, but when you sit down to write, forget about worshiping greatness and fetishizing masterpieces.