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1. You have not written something you care about!
2. Your idea isn’t vibrating with originality!
3. You picked the wrong genre!
4. Your story is only interesting to you!
7. You picked the wrong main character!
8. You haven’t constructed your main character correctly!
10. You haven’t made “place” a character in your story!
11. We have no rooting interest in your hero!
12. Your opponent is not a human being!
13. Your Bad Guy isn’t great!
14. The opponent is not the hero’s agent of change!
16. You don’t give your bad guy a Bad Guy Speech!
18. Your minor characters don’t have character!
20. You don’t have enough tension!
21. You have no time pressure!
22. You don’t give the reader enough emotion!
23. You bungled your story structure!
25. You have not done a “random thoughts” outline!
26. You have not used the Kerith Harding Rule of Drama!
27. Your B story does not affect your A story!
28. You don’t use Set Up and Pay Off to your advantage!
29. You haven’t buried exposition like Jimmy Hoffa!
30. You don’t withhold surprises until as late as possible!
31. You haven’t pounded each scene enough!
32. Your scenes don’t turn the action!
33. You don’t have enough reversals!
38. Your characters talk on the phone too much!
40. You don’t keep a log of overheard dialogue!
41. You haven’t separated the character’s voices!
42. You haven’t worked your dialogue hard enough!
43. You didn’t A-B the dialogue!
44. You have Q & A dialogue!
45. You have characters speaking text but not subtext!
46. You did too much research!
47. You didn’t do enough research!
48. You aren’t educated in your chosen storytelling medium!
49. You’re using the wrong writing instrument!
50. Your prose is not CRYSTAL CLEAR!
51. You don’t understand screenplay format!
52. You have naked sluglines or no sluglines at all!
53. You over-direct your actors!
54. You use parentheticals wrong!
55. You change character names on us!
56. Too many of your characters have names!
59. You use novelistic language!
60. You poisoned your scene description with “to be”!
61. You haven’t cut as many “thes” and “thats” as possible!
63. You describe dialogue in scene description!
66. Don’t repeat! Anything! Ever!
67. You rewrite while you write!
68. You do a rewrite by reading the whole script at once!
69. You don’t have a killer first page!
71. You haven’t ripped out the first 20 pages!
72. You haven’t cut every bit of extraneous action!
73. You think your first (or ninth) draft is perfect!
75. You use numbers instead of words!
76. You call shots!
77. You call specific songs!
78. You didn’t run your spellcheck, you moron!
79. You trust your spellcheck! Ah haa ha haaa ha ha!
80. You think longer is better!
81. You didn’t read your script out loud!
82. You used a crummy printer!
83. You want to be famous more than you want to write!
84. You think your script is special and rules don’t apply!
85. You put the wrong stuff on your title page!
86. You haven’t done a table read!
88. You haven’t the first clue how the business works!
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Your Screenplay Sucks

Your Screenplay Sucks

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A lifetime member of the Writer's Guild of America who has had three feature films produced from his screenplays, Akers offers beginning writers the tools they need to get their screenplay noticed.
A lifetime member of the Writer's Guild of America who has had three feature films produced from his screenplays, Akers offers beginning writers the tools they need to get their screenplay noticed.

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Publish date: Aug 1, 2008
Added to Scribd: Aug 24, 2010
Copyright:Traditional Copyright: All rights reservedISBN:9781932907452
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