Plotting a Path through the Wild

Colourful wooden slats laid down to make a gently winding path though a wild, dark green forest

I’m on the cusp of starting my screenplay. I’ve been immersed in the story for a few weeks now so the characters are keen to come out, interrupting my thoughts with flashes of action and snippets of dialogue. My brain is making connections, imagination fired up. It’s the Muse in motion, skipping along merrily and I, the scruffy intern, follow after, notepad in hand. My reluctant (and enlightening) pitstop at structure Admittedly, I wanted to skip the part of the screenplay guide (Save the Cat) that talked about structure. I’d already sketched out rough scenes (about two years ago) and …

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Screenwriting books

A colourful pile of screenwriting books with a baby monitor on top

I’ve begun many of my journeys with a ‘how to’ book. Even if I’ve ended up cursing and chucking it over my shoulder, the habit is long established and reassuring. So, I gathered all the books on my shelf that were related to writing and the above pile was the result. The lowdown I’ve read the War of Art, which is fabulous for creatives, outlining the struggle to battle our inner demons and just GET ON WITH THE DAMN WORK. And I’ve read The Right to Write, or rather I enjoyed doing the exercises, as it’s very interactive and nurturing. …

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