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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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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has two decades of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at LaurenJoanMiller.com.

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