YOU DON’T NEED LUCK TO BE A SUCCESSFUL SCREENWRITER…

Hello everyone!  This time of year is all about 4-leaf clover luck and tradition – people wearing green and throwing parties. You may find yourself getting pinched if you don’t wear your green!

March is also known for “March Madness,” the college basketball tournament. Do you have a favorite team? At the Story Solution website and Facebook Page we’re always on your team, offering tips and instructional videos and free sample script analyses to help cheer you on toward screenwriting success with the proven Hero Goal Sequences method of creating dynamic stories and exciting, character-driven screenplays.

(And just let me mention… to simplify things, I use one word, “Hero,” to mean any man, woman, child, animated flower, one-eyed one-horn flying purple people eater – or any other character who has the lead role in any story.)

Truth is, I have analyzed hundreds of films and taught hundreds of screenwriting graduate students how to identify the story sequences and elements of character needed to write award-winning scripts. And I put it all in my book, The Story Solution, which outlines the 23 Actions All Heroes Must Take to keep audiences captivated.

What makes The Story Solution stand out from the rest? Most books on screenwriting – and there are many good ones – offer advice or story-building systems based on abstract ideas. It’s frequently overlooked out there that successful visual storytelling requires you to master one overriding physical, practical concept: CHANGE. Change must flow in constant visual MOTION to drive a story forward – the same way a shark must keep moving to stay alive. And the amount of change required in any feature film story can actually be physically measured.

I have discovered that there’s a universal number of “change units” required for audiences to be drawn into any film story and really feel it.  Each of these specifically timed short sequences contain common plot developing events. Not just the this-is-where-the-hero-beats-up-all-the-bad-guys kind of advice, but a series of actions in a specific order, appearing at predictable moments in a story.

And here’s how I know I’m right.  There once lived a playwright named Sophocles who wrote a smash hit play called “Oedipus Rex”… about 2500 years ago. I took a very close look at that play (and hundreds of others) and found that the storytelling is physically structured exactly like all major hit movies are today. The human mind has ALWAYS processed and enjoyed stories in the same way. It’s how our brains are built. It’s physically how we absorb – and feel – a story.

So if you master these specific steps of change, every screenplay you write with them will have the potential to become a winner with audiences.

Hey, it may sound to you like I’m full of hot air, and well, okay, at times there might be some truth to that idea. But in this case, I’M NOT WRONG about the power of Hero Goal Sequences.

As a tenured full-professor at California State University, Northridge, I have proven it to my graduate students many hundreds of times over. Every semester, I turn Hero Goal Sequence doubters into Hero Goal Sequence believers.

But some of you may still be thinking this all sounds way too clinical and soulless. Just 23 predictable sequences? Heck no! Where’s the creativity in 23 pieces of anything?!  What about ART?

Well, may I point out that there are only 26 letters in the English language? Just 26. And people have been creating great literature with those same 26 letters for centuries.  There are only 12 keys on a piano, and those same 12 keys are merely repeated on the keyboard at an ever higher octave pitch to constitute a piano. During the last few centuries, has “the problem” of only having 12 repeating keys ever limited creativity in music?

In The Story Solution you will learn:

  • The Secrets of Story Structure. How to put together your story the way professional screenwriters do. Instead of floundering and suffering over “oh what will my hero do next???” you will KNOW what they need to do next. By identifying the 23 Actions All Heroes Must Take, building your story will become a clear and specifically coached process for creating every two to seven page sequence in your script – and you’ll be constructing the right actions in your story to shape full, memorable heroes and heroines that audiences will love to follow.
  • How to Create Dynamic Characters. Having an engaging story is essential. But what’s a story without vivid characters bringing it to life? Learn to write dynamic characters that hook your viewers and make them burn to know what those characters will do next.

  • Rewriting skills. learn how to shape and test every scene and sequence to make sure they all move your story and characters forward to a fulfilling climax. The Story Solution is filled with tips and methods to make your rewriting process far less painful and much more rewarding.

Other key tools revealed:

  • How to write Powerful Dialogue

  • How to choose the best Character Categories to use in your story

  • How to Spot and Fix Story Problems before they become baked in

  • The secret to writing Powerful Character Growth.

And oh so much more.

BY THE WAY – The Story Solution HAS ONCE AGAIN HIT #1 BEST SELLER IN THREE BOOK CATEGORIES on CHINA AMAZON: Film and TV – Animation – Graphic Novels

So deeply pleased and excited. Thanks, China!

All Very Best Wishes,


About The Story Solution: Eric Edson’s The Story Solution provides screenwriting tips for those interested in screenplay writing. Seen as one of the best books on screenwriting and currently #1 in its category on China Amazon, Edson outlines 23 actions used to create three dimensional heroes. Visit the website at  http://www.thestorysolution.com to learn about writing a movie script. “Like” the Facebook page to receive tips on scriptwriting. Call (818) 677-7808 for information about writing a movie script.

FINAL DRAFT® NOW PARTNERS WITH “THE STORY SOLUTION”

FINAL DRAFT® Now Partners With "The Story Solution"

Dear Writers All,

As you know, I’m ever on the lookout for ways to help you become more adept at the art and craft of writing a movie script or novel. In addition to utilizing the writing tips available in my book, The Story Solution, I encourage all writers to take advantage of every tool at their disposal to help make their screenwriting and novel writing efforts more successful. That is why I am so pleased to announce that The Story Solution has now partnered with FINAL DRAFT® 10 – the world’s most popular screenwriting software!

Eric Edson’s “The Story Solution” HERO GOAL SEQUENCES® Story Structure Paradigm is now a downloadable template included in FINAL DRAFT® 10.  

FINAL DRAFT® is a tremendous resource for all screenwriters. It is a fully dedicated screenwriting software application that automatically paginates and formats scripts to Hollywood’s stringent industry standards, allowing writers to do what they do best – write scripts. For the past 25 years, the name FINAL DRAFT® has been synonymous with Hollywood, and I am delighted to join in this partnership with FINAL DRAFT®. Their latest version, FINAL DRAFT® 10, offers new productivity-improving templates.

And the Story Solution’s Hero Goal Sequences® template is in some pretty good company! The FINAL DRAFT® 10 educational additions now include:

  • Eric Edson’s Hero Goal Sequences® Structure Template: As you write, this integrated template coaches you onward, action by action, helping to build your story and weave your characters through it, to create the strongest possible impact on readers and audiences. Based on Eric’s book “The Story Solution”.
  • Michael Hauge’s 6-Stage Structure Template: Top Hollywood script consultant and story expert Michael Hauge identifies six essential stages to any well structured story.  Michael’s approach is defined by five key turning points as used in successful Hollywood films.
  • Chris Vogler’s The Writers Journey: Mythic Structure For Writers Template:Chris’s mythological approach to story is based on his book, “The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, 3rd Edition”, published by Michael Wiese Productions.
  • Jen Grisanti’s Story Worksheet For Writing A TV Pilot:  Script consultant, top studio executive, author, and internationally known instructor Jen Grisanti presents her template specifically for TV writing.
  • Richard Walter’s Template: Richard Walter is a movie industry consultant, author, and longtime chairman of UCLA’s graduate program in screenwriting.
  • Donna M. Anderson’s Screenplay 1-3-5 Story Structure Template: Former story analyst and development exec Donna Michelle Anderson is the author of three books.

If you are planning to submit your screenplay soon to an agent or contest, be aware that FINAL DRAFT® is the expected industry formatting standard, used by top studios and production companies worldwide including: NBC Universal, Paramount, ABC, Sony Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, Warner Brothers and many, many others.

Other FINAL DRAFT® 10 features that screenplay writers will appreciate include:

  • Story Map™: This tool offers you a high-level view of your story and allows you to easily preview and navigate to scenes.
  • Beat Board™: A brainstorming tool that gives you total freedom to organize your ideas as they come to you completely within your .fdx file.
  • Collaboration: Work on your script remotely in real time with your writing partner(s).
  • Alternate Dialogue: Store alternate lines of dialogue within the script for easy reference.

I am thrilled about this new partnership with FINAL DRAFT®, and look forward to finding even more ways to help you become a great screenwriter or novelist.

If you want to find out more about how you can write successful screenplays, check out my website and follow me on Facebook and Twitter.

Happy Writing!
Eric Edson


About The Story Solution: Eric Edson’s The Story Solution provides screenwriting tips for those interested in screenplay writing. Seen as one of the best books on screenwriting and currently #1 in its category on China Amazon, Edson outlines 23 actions used to create three dimensional heroes. Visit the website at  http://www.thestorysolution.com  to learn about writing a movie script. “Like” the Facebook page to receive tips on scriptwriting. Call (818) 677-7808 for information about writing a movie script.

Ready To Write Your Screenplay In 2015?

Ready To Write Your Screenplay In 2015?

Dear Friends,

One of the best New Year’s resolutions you could make would be to finally write that novel or screenplay that has been burning inside of you. If you let 2014 pass without working on it very much, or not at all, then perhaps it’s time to get back on track.

To help you with your screenwriting process, I am releasing a new HERO GOAL SEQUENCES movie breakdown example, this time for BRIDESMAIDS.

In 2015, make a commitment to improve the quality of your screenplay writing. If you need help staying motivated, here are four useful tips that will keep you going until the finish line.

1. Make Progress Every Day (Or Very Close To It!)

When Stephen King writes the rough draft of a novel, he makes it his goal to write at least 2000 words each day. Set a similar goal for yourself. It doesn’t have to be 2000 words, it can be more like 700 or 500 or whatever you feel that you can realistically achieve in a given day. You are balancing work and other commitments. It’s darned hard to find time to write. But if you set yourself a goal, no matter how small, and resolve to meet that goal each day, then you will see your manuscript growing before your eyes. It’s a terrific feeling, and will greatly reinforce your progress.

2. Use Apps

There are apps available to monitor your progress towards your goal. For example, you can download motivational apps that will ask you a simple question, “did you achieve your goal today?” And all you have to do is press the button yes or no. It will remind you how many consecutive days that you have met your goal. If you ever have to press “no” then you go back to zero. Keeping that continuous string of days on “yes” is a great motivator.

3. Go Public

Anybody can call themselves a screenplay writer and have a half-finished manuscript on their computer that they will finish “someday.” Announce your goals to your friends and family publicly, and on social networking sites. Then post updates. Knowing that you are going to post Twitter updates on your progress will keep you pressing forward toward a completed script. Sharing your progress with friends helps break the solitude that writing can impose, and it helps keep your commitment to your own writing plan high on your priorities list.

4. Recognize How Hard It Is

Tackling a hard task can, in itself, provide even stronger motivation than tackling an easy one. If writing was easy, than anybody could do it! How many people do you know who are actual, active novelists? Or productive screenwriters? Writing is more than slumping at a keyboard in your pajamas with a cup of stale coffee. Try treating it like the true job that it is. Get out of those p.j.s and dress for your assigned writing time just like you would for any other kind of work commitment. Attitude is important.

Some people are happy with easy jobs. But you’ve taken the path less traveled. Remember, though, that you do want to actually get to the end of the path – to the goal on the other side – and not just meander through the woods. Press ever onward with your novel or screenplay. 2015 can be your breakout year if you keep yourself focused and committed to the goal.

We hope these motivational tips prove to be helpful.

The New Year is here and everyone at The Story Solution would like to wish you a most fulfilling and productive year ahead. We look forward to hearing about all the writing you accomplish in 2015.

Q: I am suffering from Writer’s Block. What can I do?

A: Writer’s Block usually does not originate from a lack of ideas. Whether you are just looking for that next plot point, or Hero Goal Sequence idea, or developing the initial concept for your new screenplay – organizing your story into a workable form takes a real time commitment and a willingness to play with words. Being afraid of committing to an idea that possibly might not work out is a common cause of Writer’s Block. It is the shear FEAR that your idea, and the writing/thinking effort that surrounds it, will turn out badly. The way you get past this is to thumb your nose at fear and allow yourself to go on and “write badly with pride.” You must allow yourself the free-form thinking on paper that’s absolutely necessary to do before you can start shaping that messy pile of words into the work that will make you proud.

Q: My plot is falling flat. Nothing seems to happen. What can I do?

A: If this is the case then you might find “The Story Solution” beneficial. In “The Story Solution” you will learn how to create vivid heroes and link together all parts of an active, driving plot. Your screenplay or novel is the biography of your lead characters. You will learn how to create a powerful biography for your hero or heroine using the 23 actions that all great heroes must take.

Take your writing skills to the next level by attending these essential events in 2015.

Eckard College Writers Conference: If you are looking for a winter conference in a warm area then look no further. This annual conference is held in Saint Petersburg, Florida from January 17-25. Not only will you find workshops on how to hone your writing craft but you will also meet with experts who can help you navigate the tricky world of publication.
Writers, teachers, editors, and literary agents are all invited.  Admission is selective, although the committee tries to balanced out writers who show early potential with more experienced writers. The discussions and workshops at this conference will help take anybody’s writing to the next level, no matter how much experience they have.

Screenwriter’s Career Development Clinic This is a 6-week class with Lee Jessup that runs every Monday evening starting January 12th, excluding January 19th and February 16th. This class is focused on helping you create and sustain a successful writing career through practical and strategic methods. The cost of this class is $395 and there are 18 spots available. Classes are located at 1001 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA, 90401.

All best wishes,
Eric Edson

“There’s no such thing as a weak screenplay, only an unfinished one…”

Eric Edson

About The Story Solution book: Eric Edson has written seventeen feature screenplays on assignment for such companies as Sony, Warner Brothers, Disney, 20th Fox, ABC Motion Pictures, Lifetime, Showtime, NBC, and TNT. He provides screenwriting tips so that you can become a more effective screenplay writer. If you are looking for the best books on screenwriting or if you need help writing a movie script, The Story Solution has practical tips that will help you along your path as a screenwriter.  Get started today and begin writing screenplays that make an impact.  To learn more, follow us on Twitter @storysolution, and like us on Facebook for a chance to win a signed copy of ‘The Story Solution.  Pick up a copy at MWP.com or Amazon.com.

Eric Edson's The Story Solution

Eric Edson To Provide Scriptwriting Tips At Story Expo

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 27, 2014, Los Angeles CA: When writing screenplays, all aspiring screenwriters face a challenge in building their hero’s journey large enough to fill the big screen.  Authors who want to gain those skills necessary for mastering movie storytelling should attend Eric Edson’s classes on screenplay writing at the upcoming Story Expo.

Accomplished screenwriter, professor and author of the best-selling book, The Story Solution: 23 Actions All Great Heroes Must Take, Edson advises authors to focus on “Hero Goal Sequences” when writing a movie script. They help transition the story from one scene to the next, build audience support for the story’s hero, and link together all parts of the story. Referencing it as one of the best books on screenwriting, author Jessica Davis Stein says The Story Solution “may well be the best cure for writer’s block ever written.”

Story Expo takes place from September 5-7, 2014 at the Westin LAX Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.  The Expo is billed as the world’s biggest convention for writers from all mediums including screenplay writers, TV writers, novelists, and filmmakers. Attendees will learn the craft of storytelling, determine which medium is best for their story, and learn how to package and pitch ideas and scripts.

Edson is one of over 100 world-renowned speakers who will discuss all aspects of storytelling. His first class on Friday, September 5, from 3:45 to 5:15 p.m., covers “14 Character Types in All Screen Stories.” Understanding the fourteen character types available to a screenplay writer is crucial to writing powerful scripts. Edson breaks down all story characters into the 14 categories every screenwriter should know.

His second class, on Saturday, September 6, from 3:45 to 5:15 p.m., covers “10 Plot Forms In All Great Movies.” Scriptwriting involves many choices, and figuring out the right plot form is key, says Edson. These important plot forms offer powerful story-creating tools. He presents all ten plot forms in detail, and reveals the story advantages and differences of each.

Edson’s final class, on Sunday, September 7, from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m., covers “Building Great Stories – Hero Goal Sequences.” Mastering screen story structure is both a challenge and essential skill for screenplay writers.  Here the author details his powerful story-building concept of Hero Goal Sequences.

“I’m really looking forward to the Expo,” commented Edson. “I enjoy sharing my knowledge about writing screenplays with aspiring screenwriters. Story Expo is the ultimate environment for those who want to concentrate on the art and craft of telling a story.”

About The Story Solution:  The Story Solution, by accomplished screenwriter Eric Edson, is an in-depth handbook for authors who are writing a movie script. It reveals the 23 actions screenplay writers use to create dynamic, three dimensional heroes. Visit the website at http://www.thestorysolution.com/ to download a sample chapter of the book“Like” the Facebook page to receive screenwriting tips and insider insights on writing screenplays.

The Story Solution Hits 2000 LIKES on Facebook

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 15, 2014, Los Angeles, CA: Anyone who is interested in writing a movie script knows what it is like to struggle. They look for ideas, insights and inspiration everywhere, especially online. Based on its recent achievement of receiving over 2000 “likes,” one favorite information source is the Facebook page for screenwriting author Eric Edson’s book, The Story Solution: 23 Actions All Great Heroes Must Take.

Eric Edson utilizes social media channels to educate and encourage aspiring screenplay writers. He sees the Facebook page as a natural extension of his teaching inclinations. To connect and engage site visitors, Edson includes a “Log Line Challenge” each month to pull out story ideas. Regular polls are used to help initiate discussion among members about the book-to-movie writing process. He also seeks to build a screenwriting community by asking participants to share stories of achievement in order to help motivate others to break through their barriers.

“Of course I am thrilled that my Facebook page has achieved this milestone,” commented Edson. “But I am even prouder of the online community we are building to help those who want to learn more about writing a screenplay. I think it is great to be a storyteller, and want to do whatever I can to present actionable career advice and provide meaningful assistance for those who share my passion for creating exciting characters and believable story lines.”

Edson has written seventeen feature screenplays for companies such as Sony, Warner Brothers, Disney, 20th Fox, ABC Motion Pictures, Lifetime, Showtime, NBC, and TNT. He is a Professor of Screenwriting and Director of the Graduate MFA Program in Screenwriting at California State University, Northridge, lectures through the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, and was a featured speaker at Story Expo 2014. If you are seeking advice on writing a screenplay or looking for screenwriting tips, The Story Solution is one of the best books on screenwriting to consider for your library.

About The Story Solution: Eric Edson’s The Story Solution is an in-depth handbook for those who are interested in scriptwriting. It reveals the 23 actions used to create dynamic, three dimensional heroes as a screenplay writer. Visit the website at http://www.thestorysolution.com to download a sample chapter of the book about screenplay writing“Like” the Facebook page to receive insider insights on writing screenplays.

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Best Screenwriting Books: Eric Edson’s Screenwriting Book Now Available in Chinese

Eric Edson’s Screenwriting Book Now Available in Chinese

Screenwriting Book In Chinese Los Angeles, CA: In an effort to help screenwriters around the world improve their craft Eric Edson, a career screenwriter and university professor, has announced that his best-selling book, The Story Solution: 23 Actions All Great Heroes Must Take, has now been published in Chinese.

The Chinese version of The Story Solution provides a full translation of Edson’s original concept of a “Hero Goal Sequences” story paradigm that can be used to build dynamic screen stories and keep producers and audiences glued to their chairs. The book is for new writers, as well as those who already have experience in writing novels or screenplays and want additional insights on transforming their lead characters into emotionally powerful heroes.

Edson says that all stories must impart some type of emotion to the viewer or reader to be effective. The Story Solution provides aspiring screenwriters with insights on how to construct an emotional experience through “hero goal sequences” which lead readers to discover for themselves the real merit of the main character, or hero. His book provides a list of nine ingredients that can help create an emotional bond between character and audience. The character attributes he focuses on are: courage, unfair injury, skill, funny, nice, in danger, loved, hard-working and obsessed. The more of these that are included in a story, the more emotionally effective it becomes.

As a professor who helps students sharpen their screenwriting skills, Edson loves to share his knowledge and experience with others who hope to break into movies, television, and other forms of writing. He teaches that there is a certain structure which can be followed to create believable heroes in an innovative way which insures effective plotlines for both screenplays and novels. “The art of storytelling is practiced around the world, but it doesn’t always necessarily translate into big screen success,” said Edson. “I’m really looking forward to bringing my Hero Goal Sequences to the Chinese audience. This powerful, proven strategy can help writers create characters of any background or nationality that will really come to life with an audience. I hope to provide the insight that helps aspiring screenwriters and novelists in China take their story to the next step.”

Edson has written seventeen feature screenplays on assignment for such companies as Sony, Warner Brothers, Disney, Fox, ABC, Showtime, NBC, and TNT. He has written and directed for episodic TV as well. A tenured full professor at California State University, Northridge, he is Director of the CSUN Graduate MFA in Screenwriting Program.

About The Story Solution:  The Story Solution was written by accomplished screenwriter Eric Edson. It reveals the 23 actions used to create dynamic, three dimensional heroes and link all parts of a captivating screenplay. He also covers screenwriting tipsscreenwriting resources, and screenwriting booksVisit the website and Facebook page for a wealth of screenwriting tips and resources.

Avatar of Eric Edson Eric Edson has written seventeen feature screenplays on assignment for such companies as Sony, Warner Brothers, Disney, 20th Fox, ABC Motion Pictures, Lifetime, Showtime, NBC, and TNT. He has also written for episodic television. He is Professor of Screenwriting and Director of the Graduate Program in Screenwriting at California State University, Northridge, and lectures through the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, the largest screenwriter training center in the world. Eric holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Screenwriting and Film Directing from The American Film Institute, and a Master of Fine Arts in Playwriting from UCLA. He also earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English at UCLA. Eric has been a member of The Writers Guild of America since 1981. He lives in Calabasas, California. Eric can be reached at: eric@thestorysolution.com

Best Screenwriting Books: What I Learned From 6 Great Movie Villains

Movie Villains

When I teach about writing a movie script, I advise students that it takes real work to become a great screenplay writer who makes characters come alive. In my book, The Story Solution: 23 Actions All Great Heroes Must Take, I discuss writing screenplays that use Hero Goal Sequences® to create dynamic heroes, but a screenplay can also become successful when memorable villains are created as well. Screenplay writers love to add a villain who serves as a counter-balance for their hero.

The best books on screenwriting reveal that movies work because of conflict – the better the conflict, the better the movie. When it comes to scriptwriting, a great villain can make a good movie terrific. Here is what I learned from six great movie villains:

  • Willem Dafoe in “Spider-Man”: The Green Goblin and Spider-Man are similar because they are both transformed. While Peter Parker turns to fighting evil, Norman Osborn taps into his psyche’s dark side. This echoed inner conflict reflects the struggle we all have when choosing between good and evil.
  • Tom Cruise in “Collateral”: Cruise plays Vincent, a hired killer who takes Jamie Foxx’s unsuspecting cab driver, Max, along as he eliminates people on a hit list. Vincent constantly thinks about what life means, even as he takes it. In an argument the driver calls Vincent a sociopath, while Vincent derides him for being so passive. After the car crashes and the hit man runs off, Max realizes the next person on the hit list was his recent passenger Annie – a woman he “hit on” himself. Max turns hero as he rushes off to save Annie. This villain was necessary for our hero to be confronted about his faults, and learn what he was capable of achieving.
  • Meryl Streep in “The Devil Wears Prada”: Streep plays the villain who sparks a transformation in Anne Hathaway’s mousy character. Although she spends most of the film being unbearably demanding, the curtain is pulled back and we see her anguish over her personal life. The best screenwriting books provide advice on how to make an audience empathize with a villain, but here it is done to perfection.  Give your villain their own inner suffering.
  • Angela Lansbury in “The Manchurian Candidate”: Before becoming the dowager detective in TV’s Murder, She Wrote, Lansbury played the perfect villainess as Mrs. Iselin. Hailed by Time as one of the top 25 best villains, she twists the ideals of motherhood into evil while directing her son on a killing spree that will lead to her husband becoming president. This is the perfect example of screenplay writing that turns the notions of hero and villain upside-down when mothers are villains and assassins are heroes.
  • Stephen Lang in “Avatar”: Lang played the villainous Colonel Miles Quaritch in James Cameron’s original Avatar so well that he will be back for all three sequels. According to Hero Complex, Lang’s secret is that he was just playing a man doing his job. “He makes choices. Quaritch cauterized some aspects of his soul. Dirty wars numbed his psyche and spirit, but I did not go at him as a villain.”
  • Michael Douglas in “Wall Street”: Even after more than 25 years we remember Gordon Gekko’s “greed is good” advice. Douglas provides a great example of how a villain corrupts a young associate who is the hero of the story, Charlie Sheen, as Bud Fox. Bud is conflicted between following Gekko’s ideals or his own father’s. Our young hero eventually realizes there is more to life than money and turns against his former mentor.

 

I hope these thoughts on screenwriting help aspiring screenwriters learn how to define their onscreen heroes and villains. To learn more about writing a great story, attend Story Expo 2014, coming September 5-7 to Los Angeles. I’ll speak, along with many other great lecturers, on the art and craft of storytelling.

Good Luck and Good Writing!

Eric Edson

screenwriting book author eric edson Eric Edson

About The Story Solution:  The Story Solution was written by accomplished screenwriter Eric Edson. It reveals the 23 actions used to create dynamic, three dimensional heroes and link all parts of a captivating screenplay. He also covers screenwriting tips, screenwriting resources, and screenwriting books. Visit the website and Facebook page or call 818-677-3192 for more information.