Midnight Run - 7. The place is Mississippi, the time isand the two agents represent two different traditions within the agency. Gene Hackman plays the old pro, a former Southern sheriff who has carried some of his old work habits over to the FBI--including the Good Ol' Boy approach in which he hangs around the local barbershop to pick up leads on likely perpetrators.
All screenwriting books are bullshit. Let them be your guide. Write what fascinates you. In what I thought was the beginning of a serious, heartfelt convo, I told my dad I wanted to be a writer.
Write what you want to write. And drink plenty of coffee. The moment your screenplay leaves your hands it becomes a commodity. Instead of reading screenwriting books, read about your subject.
The subject that fascinates compels and interests you. How do I write this? What writers should think about is WHY. Forget about contests, agents, focus on what you can control: The first screenplay that my partner and I wrote it was rejected by every agency as unsellable.
They wrote their obsessions and so should you. Let me use fewer words than the books do to explain three act structure. Beginning, middle and end.
So stop worrying and start writing. Movies that broke all the rules but engage the heart. Self-doubt goes hand in hand with self-expression. Tune it out for two hours a day.
No expert can either. You have to love writing enough to figure it out for yourself. Define your audience and write for them too. Pros try to write characters smarter.
You already know how to tell a story. Think of one that worked, that got you out of a ticket or got you a date and figure out why.
So write what you want to see. Writers look for reasons not write, so make a list of all the reasons you need to write and put it next to your computer. But if you love small personal films, write those. All writers start out with unrealistic expectations. Protect your writing time. Establish rituals around it.
Take a long walk, make a particular kind of coffee to get you in the state to write. Writing a first draft can be a fragile thing. I was a blocked writer until I was thirty, so I know how painful it is.
I find that nothing can change my state faster or get me in a creative state of mind quicker than listening to one of my favourite pieces of music. The best writers I know are led by their curiosity. And they follow it until they find the story they want to tell.
Train like a marathon runner. Move a little further each day, despite the pain.
So you have to redefine the term so any day you write is a success. The best moments in writing are the ones you can barely remember.guests guests-archive TANANARIVE DUE [Author] Tananarive Due is a former Cosby Chair in the Humanities at Spelman College (), where she taught screenwriting, creative writing and .
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