i. The ability to understand and ‘work’ a script: The best Producers (in my opinion) are fascinated – to the point of obsession – with stories, writing, writers and scripts. A Producer who knows their way around a dramatic script; who is able to tap into what the writer has created and why they did it this way, is on a fast track to making a good drama for the screen. Translating the elements of this script to the screen is the single most important job a Producer has and if they understand the language; if they are hard-wired to connect to the story telling within the piece, then the real conversations between Writer and Producer can begin.
Thanks for your post, Monica, which I appreciate.
I had awful feed back to my short story, (one I wrote six years ago). The reader criticised just about everything. I was stunned but not enraged.
I read through her feefback thrice, and saw she was right with about fifty percent of the manuscript. I wrote back to thank her for her help in improving my story. I learnt a lot from her ruthless critique.
The laugh is that she was as much taken aback by my thanks and appreciation.
I will read member’s post and leave feedback.
Doing the same thing in the same way creates a pattern that helps a reader follow along.
On this page I've used a parallel structure for the tips. Each one is written as a command. I used the imperative mood (the command) because these tips are vital parts of writing. I used it in each case because that creates a pattern your brain picked up by the time you reached Writing Tip #3.
If I had changed Writing Tip #8 to "Details are important," your brain would have registered the shift in structure and for a moment would have flickered away from what I want you to do:
accept these tips,
become a stronger writer,
sell lots of books,
advance the general quality of written English in the world.
Human brains love pattern. Give your reader's brain a pattern and your ideas will come through like sunshine through a window. Your reader will
take you seriously,
recommend your book,
change the world...