Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need (10)


All good screenwriters are bullheads. There, I said it.

But I mean it in a nice way! Because if there’s anyone who understands the occasional arrogance of the screenwriter, it’s moi. To be a screenwriter is to deal with an ongoing tug of war between breathtaking megalomania and insecurity so deep it takes years of therapy just to be able to say “I’m a writer” out loud. This is especially so among the spec screenwriting crowd I like to hang with. We come up with our movie ideas, we start to “create”, we SEE it so clearly, that often by the time we’re writing that sucker, it’s too late to turn back. We’re going to bullhead our way through this script no matter what anyone says. But I am suggesting that you say “whoa” to all that. I’m proposing that before you head off into your FADE IN: you think long and hard about the logline, the title, and the poster.

And even do some test marketing.

What’s that, you ask?


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