Jim Mercurio

The Craft of Scene Writing

A professional screenwriter’s master class in writing the most critical and challenging script element―the individual scene.
405 printed pages
Original publication



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    Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted3 months ago
    When you clarify a character’s intention and the exact subtext of an individual beat, you gain creative freedom
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted3 months ago
    Subtext: You’re not getting off the hook that easy.
    Line: I’m sorry.
    Subtext: I am not sorry. Just give me what I want.
    Line: I am married.
    Subtext: Touché. You win, I am sorry.
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted3 months ago
    Expand or reorder this list. Tailor it however you want. Although we used these principles to eliminate bad lines, you can also use them to discover and create great lines.
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