Artist/Writer-like-being of somewhat moderate talent, possibly a 10 year old boy in a 25 year old woman's body...I love the ladies and the fellas. Castle. Rookie Blue. Orphan Black. Doctor Who. Game of Thrones. Comics especially Captain Marvel. W13. Star Trek. and many many more.
when your professor simply emails you: “Well done. Have you taken a screenwriting class before?”and that’s it…is this a good thing? a bad thing? the Well done makes me think yes, but I’m a grad student in Dramatic Writing…I would assume I would have taken a screenwriting class before…of course she could think i’m a film student and not all of them are writers….i’m pretty sure i’m over thinking this whole thing
❝ Though Mean Girls was rated PG-13 for “sexual content, language, and some teen partying,” that was a rating Paramount had to fight for, says Waters. “We had lots of battles with the ratings board on the movie. There was the line, ‘Amber D’Lessio gave a blow job to a hot dog,’ which eventually became ‘Amber D’Lessio made out with a hot dog.’ Which is somehow weirder! That’s the thing we found: When you’re trying to make a joke obey the rules and not use any bad words, it can actually become seamier, even.” Still, there were some things that Waters simply refused to change. “The line in the sand that I drew was the joke about the wide-set vagina. The ratings board said, ‘We can’t give you a PG-13 unless you cut that line.’ We ended up playing the card that the ratings board was sexist, because Anchorman had just come out, and Ron Burgundy had an erection in one scene, and that was PG-13. We told them, ‘You’re only saying this because it’s a girl, and she’s talking about a part of her anatomy. There’s no sexual context whatsoever, and to say this is restrictive to an audience of girls is demeaning to all women.’ And they eventually had to back down.”
❝ The idea behind a kaleidoscope is that it’s a structure that’s filled with broken bits and pieces, and somehow if you can look through them, you still see something beautiful. And I feel like we are all that way a little bit.
❝ Rules such as ‘Write what you know,’ and ‘Show, don’t tell,’ while doubtlessly grounded in good sense, can be ignored with impunity by any novelist nimble enough to get away with it. There is, in fact, only one rule in writing fiction: Whatever works, works.
❝ I see this with experienced writers, too: They worry so much about the plot that they lose sight of the characters. They lose sight of why they are telling the story. They don’t let the characters actually speak. Characters will start to dictate the story in sometimes surprising, emotional, and funny ways. If the writers are not open to those surprises, they’re going to strangle the life, spark, or spirit out of their work. […]
Let the characters surprise you. Let them take you somewhere you’re not prepared to go. Even if it means tearing up tracks — who cares? Let the characters make you cry or laugh, or let them scare you.