Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Wilder's Tips For Writers

  • The audience is fickle.

  • Grab'em by the throat and never let'em go.

  • Develop a clean line of action for your leading character.

  • Know where you're going.

  • The more subtle and elegant you are in hiding your plot points, the better you are as a writer.

  • If you have a problem with the third act, the real problem is in the first act.

  • A tip from Lubitsch: Let the audience add up two plus two. They'll love you forever.

  • In doing voice-overs, be careful not to describe what the audience already sees. Add to what they are seeing.

  • The third act must build, build, build in tempo and action until the last event, and then-

  • -that's it. Don't hang around.

  • (Wilder's Tips For Writers taken directly from the book Conversations with Wilder by Cameron Crowe.)

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