Column D by Drew Yanno

Screenwriter, screenwriting professor and story consultant Drew Yanno shares his ideas on screenplay structure, story design, plot and pacing, writing rich characters, crafting memorable dialogue, employing theme, rewriting the script, creating stories outside of three act structure, writing great endings and everything else that goes into fashioning a commercially-viable screenplay in today’s screenwriting market.

Column D: Writing Your Main Character – Have You Seen This Man?

Drew Yanno is a screenwriter, author, script consultant and teacher. Follow Drew on Twitter @drewyanno. One of the most common problems beginning screenwriters seem to have is grasping the notion that your script must have a single main character who drives the story. There are two exceptions to this: (1) the...

COLUMN D: Should You Take Him Back? (When to use Flashback)

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! I want to talk to you today about one of the more controversial tools in the screenwriter’s toolbox – and that’s flashback. Like voice-over, flashback is “frowned upon” by screenwriting gurus, professors and so-called purists. The reason for all that frowning...

Column D – Story Receptors

In case you missed it, The Hollywood Reporter published an article recently (two actually) bemoaning the dismal summer box office numbers this year. So far, reports are that movie revenue is down twenty percent, and if the trend continues, the full year will come in at four or five percent below...

Column D: More Sausage – The Screenwriting Process, Part 2

In my previous post, I wrote about the three stages of screenwriting. In this one, I want to focus on the third of those stages – namely, re-writing. I think that for most screenwriters, this is probably an individual thing. I’m not certain that it’s something that can even be taught....

Column D: Making the Sausage – The Screenwriting Process

In this post I want to talk to you about the screenwriting process. The actual nitty-gritty of writing the script. The sausage-making, if you will. For starters, I believe most beginning screenwriters tend to look at writing a script as a singular thing and when you look back after finishing it,...

Column D: Writing Dialogue -The Nose Knows

In this post I want to talk a bit about dialogue. Obviously, when it comes to screenwriting, the subject of dialogue requires a lot more than a 800-word blog tip. So that’s why I am specifically limiting today’s advice to re-writing and dialogue. First of all, when writing your first draft,...