FAQ 2021

S27E8 – How Do I Transition From One Scene to Another?

It’s like a piece of music; you never lose sight of the theme. Each scene pushes off to the next like music builds and you can almost hear the next chord progression, so it has a strict structure, which is very compelling. – David Strathairn

S27E7 – How Do I Know Where My Story Begins?

Writing the opening lines of a story is a bit like starting to ski at the steepest part of the hill. You must have all your skills under control from the first instant. – Marion Dane Bauer

S27E6 – Can I Use Swear Words in My Novel?

Writing for adults often means just increasing the swearing – but find an alternative to swearing and you’ve probably got a better line. – Steven Moffat

I am the master of all the words, and F*** is the best one. – Tumblr user headspace-hotel

S27E5 – How Do I Write Morally Gray Characters?

Sometimes, the smaller roles in movies can be the most interesting. If you only take the stance that you’ll only play central characters in movies, you’ll find yourself not being able to indulge in that morally gray terrain that makes support characters so rich and interesting. – Joel Edgerton

S27E3 – How Important is Being Unique?

Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original. Whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence about how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. – CS Lewis

S7E2 – How Do I Describe Characters Without Boring the Reader?

Good description is a learned skill, one of those primary reasons you cannot succeed unless you read a lot and write a lot. It’s not just a question of how-to, you see; it’s also a question of how much to. Reading will help you answer how much, and only reams of writing will help you with the how. You can learn only by doing. – Stephen King