What hurts you deeply? What’s the scariest, most f*ed up, most traumatic moment of your life? What patterns of dysfunction, failure, or unending pain have been haunting you all your days?
Tap into this darkness. Express it through your characters. Then write a story that matters.
Why do people love movies, TV and stories and general? Because when they’re well written with deep truth and authenticity, they’re artful distillations of the human experience. These stories safely show us how to become our best selves. How to step up. How to heal. How to evolve into the best people we can be.
Being a great and successful screenwriter takes a ton of courage, knowledge and a massive amount of effort. But I believe there’s a missing element that isn’t often stressed— choosing to write stories that deeply matter to you. By doing this you’ll help heal yourself and the dramas in your life as well as offer inspiration to others.
I used to think that everybody was really different. Obviously people have wildly different backstories, histories, experiences. This is all true. What I didn’t understand was that the core themes of our lives are similar. We all want love. We’ve all experienced heartbreak, fear, rejection. We all fail. We all want freedom and respect. If we truly tap into these themes in our writing, our stories become universal.