Thursday, October 15, 2009

Two Ideas

by Bill Johnson

Someone asked me in an intro to screenwriting class what I would teach in an advanced class. After thinking it over, given a free choice, I'd spend eight hours teaching people how to write a good sentence. Most bad writing is an accumulation of bad or weak sentences. Which is why it's so hard to fix a flawed novel. Fixing structural problems doesn't get to the underlying, word to word problems.

On a theatrical front, I'm on the third version of a full length play. I wasn't happy with the new variations on the characters, so I've decided to write ten minute plays with 2-3 characters in each. A way to get to some deeper truths about characters, and to give scenes more dramatic definition and fulfillment.