revision and the wild spark
9 March 2024 | 3:05 pm

The fin makes the film. That's because a good, cohesive story works like a legal argument. Even if you marshal a terrific defense for your client in Acts One and Two, whiff the closing statement, and an innocent person is going to prison.

No spoilers here, but David

the note butler
24 February 2024 | 3:15 pm

Last week, I wrote about how I pace the reader's experience using a standard manuscript page format. However, I forgot to include my inspiration for that essay. In an interview about his process, director Christopher Nolan discussed the pacing problem in the context of screenwriting:

I try to

page pacing
17 February 2024 | 3:44 pm

You ever read a new e-book for what feels like a good stretch and then get antsy and tap to see where you are? And that little progress indicator is all the way left, zero daylight between where you are and the beginning of the book? And you're,

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