How To Dazzle With Dialogue

Screenplay writer Kristin Johnson offers five key principles of dialogue, with an example of all five from the movie “Steve Jobs”.

On February 9 I had the great fortune to speak to the Desert Screenwriters Group (DSG), a special interest group (SIG) critique group under the umbrella of the Palm Springs Writers Guild (PSWG). [Read more…]

The Best Worst Thing That Ever Happened

Every hero faces that moment when they are cursed – The Worst Possible Thing happens. It is upon the ruins of that curse that the hero can burst out in triumph!

“This is the worst day of my life.”

So says your main character, or a key character, at a critical moment.

“I’ll never get out of this.”

Same character says this.

“I am undone!” [Read more…]

The stripper’s guide to writing

Mila Kunis should have been a stripper in Jupiter Ascending. Every story needs strippers – and it’s not what you’re thinking.

I love the movie Jupiter Ascending.  It has plenty of action and plot twists.  We are left guessing who is doing what, and just what their motives are.  And then there are the moral quandaries to contemplate.  And, of course, there is romance.

But there are no strippers. Every story needs strippers; let me explain. [Read more…]

Black Eye Monday: Batman and Superman “Reuse to Vacate” Captain America

Proofread.  Proofread. Proofread.  Kristin Johnson doesn’t want to know what “Reuse to Vacate” might mean.

The above headline might sound like a sentence from a particularly awful superhero comic book fanfiction crossover. If the good people at MovieWeb.com had used said sentence, we would have suspected they actually read awful comic book fanfiction crossovers. [Read more…]