THE BAD NEWS: If you’re making these 5 mistakes, you’re not ready for prime time.
THE GOOD NEWS: Correcting these 5 mistakes will rocket your script quality up so fast NASA will dial you for launch tips.
- KILL THE FIRST THIRTY PAGES: Stories are supposed to be a strip tease. Drop one veil at a time. If you explain EVERYTHING up front about every character — in other words, plop a naked fat woman waving her psych file on the couch? That’s not sexy. That’s not mysterious. That’s not interesting. Knock off the first thirty pages of the script and see if the story still plays. Odds are it will. If it doesn’t? What must you put back in to make it play? Odds are, not all thirty pages.