John August's Guide to Writing a Screenplay!

By Bindu Nair. Posted on July 18, 2014

Giving advice on screenwriting is tricky. Writing a script is so subjective that it’s impossible to put down rules that apply to everyone. However, writer John August (Big Fish, Charlie’s Angels) has attempted to do that by writing a list of 11 Steps one should keep in mind while writing a scene.

Some of the advice is very interesting, like 'What's the most surprising thing that could happen?' OR 'Brainstorm three different ways it could happen'. It’s more of a checklist than iron-clad rules that must be followed, so if you’ve been stuck writing a scene it might help you finish it!

Also check out his blog; it's full of information and useful advice, such as this piece on Scripting for a Short Film.

What do you think of his list? Is it useful or is writing something that can’t be put down in rules? Let us know in the comments below!


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