At the March Writers’ Connection at Desert Foothills Library award-winning writer Susan Pohlman, shared what she learned as a Hollywood screenwriter about the importance of scenes.
Susan described a scene as when a character enters and leaves a location. Every scene should have an event.
She stressed the importance of drama and conflict throughout the story.
To hone down your writing pretend that every word costs money and take them out if they aren’t absolutely necessary. Every scene and every part of each scene must drive the story forward. Every character must have a purpose. They cost even more than words in screen-writing and should be cut in all writing.
Susan stressed that it is vitally important to read every day with a pen or highlighter in hand. Studying other writing will improve your own.
Halfway to Each Other: How a Year in Italy Brought Our Family Home by Susan Pohlman is about a rough time in her own life and family when they took a year away from the chaos of Los Angeles to reconnect to themselves and each other.
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