NaNoWriMo, Billy Wilder, and My Screenplay

Billy Wilder. Image via Wikipedia.

Another November means another shot at a crazy 50,000 word push to write a novel in a month.  For those who haven’t already heard, I am not working on my NaNoWriMo this year.  I promise that does not mean that I am not writing!

For the past two months, I have been writing the first draft for my first screenplay.  In the last week, I have finished Act 1 and started receiving feedback.  Now, I’m switching gears to develop a workable synopsis for Act 2 and Act 3.  Following that, I’m hopefully going to revise Act 1 again.

I read online this week a quote by Billy Wilder:

“If you have a problem with the third act, the real problem is the first act.”

I think what Mr. Wilder was trying to say is that by Act 3, if you’ve begun without a well-developed plot, you may just end up with a lot of plot holes and then you’ve got to go back and fix them all.  So, work out inconsistencies in your synopsis now and you’ll save yourself a bit more writing later on.  That’s what I’m trying to do, Mr. Wilder.

Fire away if you have questions!


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