Ed Vassie

Hi! I'm Ed Vassie. I'm a screenwriter and a recovering zombie. Check out some of my scripts and my screenwriting blog here.

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Learning to Start with Character

I've been quiet for a while cause I'm busy with work and two part-time screenwriting courses. One of the courses is an advanced diploma, so my inner nerd has been focused on getting good grades.  

One of the best lessons I've learnt over the last six months is learning to start with character.

Start the writing process by brainstorming cinematic characters, e.g. characters that are driven, wounded and full of funny contradictions. Get their habitual actions down!

Give them an emotional journey. 

And THEN come up with a plot around that character. Put them in the story they least want to be in. 

Happy writing!