Screenwriters: The Four Pillars of Story to Live and Die By

I have long forgotten where I learned this piece of writing advice, but these four words have been pinned to my lucky cork board so long the card is starting to yellow:

1. Stakes

2. Motivation

3. Turns

4. Escalation

It’s a constant reminder that every screenplay I write must have these four components.

By the way, all screenwriters should have a lucky cork board. But that’s a piece of unsolicited advice for another day…


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