Story… In A Nutshell

I’m advising a student on a short film she’s writing. Sent her this email. Thought I’d share. Seems to cover most any story, ever.


What is her problem?
What is her desire / what does she want MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE?
What is her need, that she’s not aware of?
What is she afraid of… desperately afraid of… a fear that keeps her from taking action…
How does she conquer that fear and get what she needs?



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5 responses to “Story… In A Nutshell

  1. I suppose you already have a “REALLY?” stamp for things like:

    He had a black belt around his waist and a red cap on his head… REALLY? ‘around his waist’ and ‘on his head’??? Who’da thunk?

  2. So you don’t mind telling me my screenplay sucks but you shy away from telling me I’m an idiot. Hmm, not sure what to think about that.. :C)

    • yourscreenplaysucks

      The smartest guy in the world can still write a poor screenplay.

      And, really good writers can also write a poor screenplay from time to time. You don’t always knock the ball out of the park.

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