Emotional authenticity is the difference between a derivative genre flick and an Oscar winning film that moves audiences to tears. Think of your absolute favorite movie and why you love it.
The Matrix is mine, and the reason I love it so much is not simply because of the rich sci-fi world the Wachowskis created, but because Neo’s journey is so captivating. How would you react when everyone builds you up to be “The One,” only to be told by the wise Oracle that you’re not? Neo chooses to ignore the Oracle and create his own path, and
When it comes to selling your scripts, the most powerful weapon you have is being able to make your audience feel something. Emotion will get you where structuring and formatting and perfect grammar alone cannot. That’s why today’s post is all about finding ways to connect with the emotional core of your story!
Step One: Why This Story?
Why these characters, and this situation? What drove you to capture this particular story?
In essence, what is your story really about?
My spy thriller The One We Left Behind was really about my main character’s journey of self-discovery. Boy Meets Assassin is about the conflict between my character’s work life and his love life. The Last Prodigy is about responsibility. Love Letters from the Dance Floor came from my newfound love of ballroom dancing, but was really about how we connect with others both on and off the dance floor.
Step Two: What Inspired You?
What was the core piece of inspiration that lead you to an idea?
It could be a movie you love, a short story you read, a new hobby, or a conversation you overheard.
The Last Prodigy was inspired in part by this photo I took on vacation in Hawaii: