Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

Five weddings and a funeral

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Richard Curtis

The best advice I got on writing a difficult scene was from Richard Curtis, who wrote Four Weddings and a Funeral. When he has trouble writing a scene, and I guess he uses a typewriter, he takes out five sheets of paper, writes one through five at the top of the sheets, he rolls in the first sheet and writes one possible version of the scene. Then he rolls in the second sheet and writes another version, and so on. He makes himself write five different versions of the same scene and then he sees if any of them are any good or if they can be combined in any way. It’s another way of taking the pressure off yourself. Sometimes, if you’re having trouble, a scene may be misconceived and very frequently, you may not need the scene at all.

Nicholas Kazan

Written by nevalalee

July 31, 2015 at 7:12 am

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