// October 8th, 2014 // On Writing

I belong to a Screenwriting forum and this is the number one issue. Ego. It’s thrown around like a badge of honor and it’s not.

Get rid of your ego! Be “EGOLESS!”10701998_10152752974073529_55326401400905867_n

Seems like everyone wants to be the ‘authority’ of screenwriting rules and how it’s done when the bottom line is – “Don’t try to be right – just do it right.”

Here’s some of those ego-driven hard fast rules that some screenwriters stand by and can NEVER let go of:

Don’t use Voice Overs… ever!
Don’t use camera angles/direction… ever!
Don’t break the 4th wall… ever!

Here’s what should be taught.

Don’t use Voice Overs… EVER… UNLESS they are absolutely necessary and rock. If it doesn’t follow those stipulations – GET RID OF THEM!

Don’t use camera angles/direction… EVER… UNLESS you absolutely need A ONE to convey VERY IMPORTANT action/visuals and if it does not distract from the story you are telling. If you can get rid of them and it does not ruin your scene – get rid of them. Let the director direct. Just write.

Don’t break the 4th wall… EVER… UNLESS this is an integral part of your story-telling process and chracter. If you break the 4th wall there better be DAMN GOOD REASON. And if there is – by all means. Break it but break it well.

Finally, here is the best rule of screenwriting.

KNOW ALL THE RULES – THEN BREAK THEM IF YOU NEED TO TO TELL YOUR STORY THE BEST POSSIBLE WAY.

What you’re always trying to achieve in a creative relationship is one that is egoless…

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