screenplay dialogue

The Wide Margin: (Parenthetically Speaking…)

I learned more about the craft of screenwriting by studying acting than from reading books on screenwriting. There.  I said it. Actors, after all, are my real audience.  Without them, I might as well write a novel.  The moment I decide I’m going to write for performance, I have committed to...

Visual Mindscape: The Pulse of Screenplay Dialogue

Screenplay dialogue is not like any other form of dialogue. It is distinct from the literary dialogue of novels as there is no on-going narrator to interpret and condense the speeches and reveal the inner thoughts and memories of the characters. There is a huge difference in words that are meant...

Great Writing: A Love Story

Breaking & Entering: Great Writing – A Love Story

Ah, falling in love. There’s nothing quite like it. I’m not talking about the kind that requires a change in Facebook status. I’m talking about falling in love with great writing. When I come across a script that is exceptionally well written, I lose track of time. It feels like being...

Specs & The City: Dialogue and ‘L.A. Confidential’

For many, strong dialogue is considered to be part of the holy trinity for screenwriting success (along with developed characters, and raging alcoholism). Given that, it’s ironic there’s so much bad advice out there for struggling screenwriters about how to improve their dialogue. Usually, it’s some dusty old cliché about writing...