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Column D: Likeable Characters – Call the Pound

Over the years, I’ve heard a lot of advice about making your hero “likeable.”  A corollary of this is the old chestnut about getting the audience to “root for” your main character. This all has its origins in old Hollywood.  The legend has it that a writer was frustrated writing a...

Column D: The Name Game – Choosing Character Names, Part 3

By Drew Yanno In my first column on this topic of character names, I wrote about making those names distinctive and memorable so as to help your writing stand out from the crowd. And last month, I talked about which characters should actually have a name versus those whose presence in...

Column D: Did He Go to the Prom? How Much Backstory is Too Much?

By Drew Yanno I wrote in my last column about screenwriting’s dirtiest word – exposition.  In this one, I’d like to talk about another element of screenwriting that’s often confused with exposition and that’s backstory. Remember what I wrote last time: exposition is information that the audience needs to know in...

Column D: Writing Exposition… and Two Camels

If you watch a lot of movies (and read a lot of screenplays), you undoubtedly have noticed the frequent use of foul language in them.  So-called “dirty” words have been a part of our movie culture since the early ’60s.  Except for kids’ movies, you can hardly watch a movie these...