Marilyn— I thank you for your help. Your system for storytelling, along with the process of outlining, has enabled me to organize my thoughts and proceed to a finished initial draft, which is the single hardest hurdle in the writing process at least as far as I’m concerned.
When I started reading The Four Magic Questions of Screenwriting, I couldn’t put it down. The book is easy to understand and gets right to the point. Marilyn encourages you to write and keep on writing. This book is a must have for screenwriters at any level. I have read many books on screenwriting in the past, but this one makes the most sense and has a positive tone of encouragement to help you through from start to finish.
“I am working through the outline for my screenplay adaptation of “Great Falls, Virginia!” Very happy with the way it’s coming along. And yes, your input was helpful in structuring it – emotionally.
I am finding it much easier to decide what scenes are necessary and can stand alone, what plot points can be woven together into one scene to move along the story, and how to let the characters and/or the setting tell the story through atmosphere and actions rather than just words.
Also, rethinking the main character’s journey through how her feelings and thoughts drive her choices produces a much more compelling scene than just arbitrarily moving your character through a scene like a piece of furniture, achieving an arc of movement from Point A to Point B with dialogue being used as the modus operandi for getting the character to the end of it all.
The pitching advice you gave me in your ‘Writing Villain First’ class helped me secure an actual request for my script… Later, at our script consultation, your observations concerning my screenplay conclusion confirmed doubts I had been having, and your suggestions for remedying the problem were astute and on-target. These two interactions with you alone were worth the price I paid to cross the continent and attend the Expo this year.
HOROWITZ IS A ROCK STAR!!!