Richard Walter on Screenwriting: Lessons, Five Years On

Five lessons on screenwriting from five years ago. But what can be learned today? How universal are the concerns? A little refresher on Conflict, Caring and the nature of Art.

Some time ago I attended Richard Walter’s Public Lecture on Screenwriting held presented by AFTRS, Griffith Film School and Inscription.

Five years later I’m coming back to the lessons I took away. How do they hold up? Why in particular did this lessons land for me? How has my writing journey challenged them? And where to from here?

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On Starting Each Day

For the writers, for the artists, for the lovers… how do you face the blank page? How do you reach effortlessly into the pit of desire and pull forth on the joy of creation? How do you start each day?
For the struggle to start is very real… let us face it.

I once heard a writer – I forget who – comment that there is an endless possibility of success if we never finish a work, and – for my mind – this is doubly so if we never start. If we never start we never have to face our own inadequacies, our own deficiencies and desires.

If we never start, then we never have to fail.

And so, each day we wake, we prepare, we sit – and there we find ourselves at the precipice of a moment. Some days we are lucky and step forward without thinking, and we are off, stumbling forth as best we are able, as best as our craft allows. And then other days – at that edge – something else happens.

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