Couple of nice posts in If This Is LA, I Must Be a Screenwriter
The Backwards Read:
What you do is go through your script scene-by-scene, starting with the last scene and moving towards the first.
This allows you to really view the scene as a separate entity, and make sure it contains all the drama, action, suspense, conflict, and character it needs, without any reliance on the other scenes.
Later, when you re-enter the forward world, you can check for flow and all those lovely forward-looking things.
Going to Extremes:
I was struggling there for a while, trying to come up with an Ugly Betty story that was actually interesting. Then I got an idea, but when I outlined it... lame alert.
Then last night, I decided to go through every story point and just brain dump 4 or 5 ways to take that point to the most melodramatic, off-the-wall, crazy ass extreme. No censoring, no thinking "that'd never happen". I just wrote.
Guess what, gentle readers?
You got it. I came up with a whole barrel full of really cool ideas that are going to help make this the best never-to-air Ugly Betty spec script I have ever written.
Good point. Your spec will never air. So take it to 11.
Labels: Crafty TV Writing