One month. FADE IN to FADE OUT. Creativity meets Productivity.

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Zero Draft Thirty: Day 2.

Write an entire draft of a script in March — FADE IN. FADE OUT. Or any sort of creative goal you have in front of you.

Feature length movie screenplay. Original TV pilot. Rewrite a current project. Break a story in prep. Generate a month’s worth of story concepts.

Whatever you feel will ratchet your creative ambitions into overdrive…

DO THAT!

As for me, I am using the Challenge to do a final polish of my book Introduction to Character Driven Screenwriting and Storytelling: The…


Read the script for this indie comedy starring Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, and J.K. Simmons.

Reading scripts. Absolutely critical to learn the craft of screenwriting. The focus of this bi-weekly series is a deep structural and thematic analysis of each script we read. Our daily schedule:

Monday: Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Tuesday: Plot
Wednesday: Characters
Thursday: Themes
Friday: Dialogue
Saturday: Takeaways

Today: Plot.

In every scene, something happens. A plot point is a scene or group of scenes in which something major happens, an event that impacts the narrative causing it to turn in a new direction.

A relevant anecdote. Years ago…


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“I once had a playwriting teacher who told a fun story about character. She said the director of Midnight Cowboy simply decided that Jon Voight’s character never received any kind of physical affection from his mother when he was a child. And that’s what informs every moment of his present life: his intense need for physical touch. Makes sense, right? Whether or not it’s true, I’ve always loved that story. I try to find details like that for each of my main characters.”

— Aaron Tracy

From Go Into The Story interview, July 2011

For 100s more Screenwriting 101 posts, go here.


Written by Christopher Nolan.

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The movie version of the opening:

This was the most sought after script in Hollywood in 2010, but no one could get hold of it until after the movie was released. You can read my August 2010 analysis of it here: “‘Inception’: Carl Jung’s Wet Dream.”

You may download the script here.

FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY!

Page One is a daily Go Into The Story series featuring the first page of notable movie scripts from the classic era to contemporary times. Comparing them is an excellent way to study a variety of writing styles and see how professional writers start a story.

For more Page One posts, go here.

You may follow the daily conversation on Twitter as I cross-post there: @GoIntoTheStory.


One month. FADE IN to FADE OUT. Creativity meets Productivity.

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Zero Draft Thirty: Day 1.

Write an entire draft of a script in March — FADE IN. FADE OUT. Or any sort of creative goal you have in front of you.

Feature length movie screenplay. Original TV pilot. Rewrite a current project. Break a story in prep. Generate a month’s worth of story concepts.

Whatever you feel will ratchet your creative ambitions into overdrive…

DO THAT!

As for me, I am using the Challenge to do a final polish of my book Introduction to Character Driven Screenwriting and Storytelling: The…


Read the script for this indie comedy starring Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, and J.K. Simmons.

Reading scripts. Absolutely critical to learn the craft of screenwriting. The focus of this bi-weekly series is a deep structural and thematic analysis of each script we read. Our daily schedule:

Monday: Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Tuesday: Plot
Wednesday: Characters
Thursday: Themes
Friday: Dialogue
Saturday: Takeaways

Today: Scene-By-Scene Breakdown. Here is my take on this exercise from a previous series of posts — How To Read A Screenplay:

After a first pass, it’s time to crack open the script for a deeper analysis and you can do…


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“All of these declarations of what writing ought to be, which I had myself — though, thank God I had never committed them to paper — I think are nonsense. You write what you write, and then either it holds up or it doesn’t hold up. There are no rules or particular sensibilities. I don’t believe in that at all anymore.”

— Jamaica Kincaid

Via AdviceToWriters

For 100s more On Writing posts, go here.


Written for the screen by Lana Wachowski & Tom Tykwer & Lilly Wachowski, novel by David Mitchell

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The movie version of the opening:

Reading this page inspires me to watch the movie again. I remember how it caught a lot of grief from critics, but I enjoyed the film, even if it was a bit tricky to follow.

Page One is a daily Go Into The Story series featuring the first page of notable movie scripts from the classic era to contemporary times. Comparing them is an excellent way to study a variety of writing styles and see how professional writers start a story.

For more Page One posts, go here.

You may follow the daily conversation on Twitter as I cross-post there: @GoIntoTheStory.


A new series featuring reflections on writing from the famed writer.

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I had not read Stephen King’s memoir On Writing for several years when it occurred to me to do so again. While at it, why not share reflections from the renowned writer in a weekly Sunday series at Go Into The Story?

King is a prolific author. Fair to say that is an understatement. One need only glance at a roster of his written works to determine that. If any contemporary writer has earned the right to reflect on the craft, it would be King. However, that is not…


A series to help prepare writers for next month’s Zero Draft Thirty writing challenge.

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Do you have a story you want to write? A feature length movie screenplay? An original TV pilot? A web series pilot? A novel? Short story? An epic length limerick?

The 2021 Zero Draft Thirty March Challenge is for you!

March 1: You type FADE IN / “Once upon a time…”
March 31: You type FADE OUT / “…They all lived happily ever after.”

It’s free! It’s fun! It’s Fade In to Fade Out!

For everything you need to know to join, click here.

To help…

Scott Myers

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