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17 Crucial Screenwriting Tips Stephen King Wants You To Know

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Screenwriting 13th Dec 2016 Thought Catalog


King’s wise words are written primarily in reference to writing literature, however, many of his now famous quotes from the book can be easily applied to screenwriting.

From a screenwriter and former studio script reader/story analyst’s perspective, here’s how the master’s words can help any and all screenwriters.

1. “Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It’s about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Writing is magic, as much the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink.”

If a screenwriter’s eyes are set on the prize of seven-figure paychecks, Oscars, and fame (Quentin Tarantino, Aaron Sorkin, etc.), it’s going to be a very difficult and frustrating journey. It should be about engaging an audience and getting those stories bouncing around in your head onto the page, fully realized. It’s a magical experience to take what you see in your mind’s eye and apply it in a way that others can see what you’ve seen.

2. “If you do need to do research because parts of your story deal with things about which you know little or nothing, remember that word back. That’s where research belongs: as far in the background and the back story as you can get it. You may be entranced with what you’re learning about the flesh-eating bacteria, the sewer system of New York, or the I.Q. potential of collie pups, but your readers are probably going to care a lot more about your characters and your story.”

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