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    Writing Good Screenplays (Part One)
    Copyright © 2005, Aaron Trinidad

    To start on the road to authorship you have to understand a key 
    element in the making of a successful writer and this may be a 
    novelist, a screenwriter or a playwright. There is no such thing 
    as writing badly and whatever you may write, you have to write it 
    with pride. The second motto you should condition yourself to 
    live by is "it’s not as difficult to apply the pen to the paper, 
    as it is to apply your behind to the chair." Indeed, what has 
    made great writers out of Cinderella Story’s Akiva Goldsman or 
    King Kong’s Peter Jackson is many years of perseverance to become 
    the best at what they do. They were not born brilliant artists 
    and even today, they admit to still having a lot to learn.
    Shervin Youssefian who wrote this year’s acclaimed 
    Machiavelli Hangman was told repeatedly that he should stick 
    to directing and that he could never become a decent writer. 
    After sticking to his passion, eventually, he overcame the traps 
    that often cripple beginners: too much exposition, senseless 
    talk, no subtext, all characters talk and look alike.
    Steven Spielberg who recently finished War of the Worlds said 
    that what distinguishes David Koepp from other action-adventure 
    writers is that he finds a link to humanity and manages to tell 
    the big budget extravaganza through the eyes of an ordinary 
    person. This must have been exactly what attracted Tom Cruise to 
    the project in the first place. While there may have been a lot 
    of explosions and a ton of special effects, the audience was 
    still connected to the story because of the characters’ 
    relationship to one another.
    Every writer knows that the best material comes with inspiration 
    but inspiration is only a trigger to release material that has 
    been building up inside the writer’s head. You get your material 
    through observation, lots of it. And what good is it if you 
    observe and you forget… which is why it’s always good to keep 
    with you the clichéd writer’s notepad or audio recorder – guess 
    what, they do work! You have to sit back and listen instead of 
    talking so much and absorb… and every time that something catches 
    your attention, let it be a trigger that it would probably 
    interest others too. 
    The third motto to live by is that we are all alike. As human 
    beings, we all experience the same emotions and most often than 
    not go through the same life events. For this reason, when you 
    write something that has happened to you and means a lot as far 
    as your personal experiences go, you can be certain that a lot of 
    other people will relate to the material.
    So as a recap, you have to sit down and make yourself a writing 
    schedule because it’s always better to write badly than to write 
    nothing at all. Second, you have to start observing. Third, you 
    need to tell your own stories using the screenwriter’s structure 
    which we will review next week.
    Until then, do your homework and keep writing. 

    Writer's Resource Box:
    Aaron Trinidad has worked as a writer 
    on various TV sitcoms, he's currently 
    taking a class in screenwriting in 
    New York. - Machiavelli Hangman: 

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