Joss Whedon's Top 10 Writing Tips

edited June 2013 in The Toolbox

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Write the movie as much as you can. If something is lush and extensive,
you can describe it glowingly; if something isn’t that important, just
get past it tersely. Let the read feel like the movie; it does a lot of
the work for you, for the director, and for the executives who go, ‘What
will this be like when we put it on its feet?’


  • I've always felt that reading a script should be as rewarding an experience as reading the finished comic (or seeing the finished movie). Even if your audience for the script is just a half-dozen (or fewer!!!) people, keeping the artist(s) and colorist and letterer interested will result in better work than they'll do if they're bored.

    (My favorite examples of this are mostly Ellis's Nextwave scripts...his rant in #1 about the ridiculousness of Marvel's stable of giant monsters is as hilarious as any of the jokes that actually made it into the book.)
  • Now I'm distracted from the point of the Whedon link thanks to being intrigued about that rant of Warren's.

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