On the recommendation of some friends, I gave Save the Cat a whirl. It’s a book about screenwriting written by the late Blake Snyder. I experienced the usual ups and downs while reading it. Mostly downs. “No, I don’t do that and am a talentless hack.” “I must throw out everything I’ve done and start over.” This is why I often don’t read books on writing. Unlike quite a number of other books, though, this one has some homework that I feel might actually continue to teach me about screenwriting. (Assuming I do it, of course.)
This book focuses on writing movies for the big Hollywood studios. Which is something I’m sort of taking a stab at. I feel a lot more prepared now, but I also see more of the flaws in my current story. It basically has two climaxes, for example. Not really a good thing. And I don’t know that I have enough of a logline with enough irony. It’s all complicated and requires much thinking. (Rude, I tell you!)
On the plus side, he gave me permission to watch bad movies in a way nobody ever has before. I don’t know why his permission counts when others haven’t. In the past, I haven’t wanted to waste my time, but with this guide, I feel like I’ll be better able to say not only why a movie was bad, but how it could be improved, which could be a useful skill if I can learn to apply it to my own work.