This Is What Confuses Screenwriters The Most by Jill Chamberlain

Film Courage: What are the five biggest mistakes screenwriters make?

Jill Chamberlain, Script Consultant/Author/Writer: Well I don’t know if I’m going to do five? But off the top of my head I will say underestimating the importance of structure. A good structure is like one, two, three and four, right? It’s going to paint the way. It is the story, structure is story. William Goldman is the one who said that. It is determining character development.

So all of those…I really do think one, two, three and four are the importance of structure. And then if I had to say fifth thing…I want to say it’s sort of contradictory thing that you need to be both…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

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