An overlooked piece of information for developing the right character for your plot

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Years ago, my screenwriting group and I wrote a comedy show for Turkish TV. It had a rich premise with amazing potential. We felt confident that it was going to be a big success.

We were interviewing one of the most talented comedians in the country. Or rather, he was…


It’s not just a clever movie, it speaks to our hearts from the very beginning

“Dad, I love you” Image: Sony Pictures Releasing

I fell in love with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) at the sixth minute. And it was a miracle because I was still confused trying to figure out who Miles Morales was. And why I was watching him and not Peter Parker, the “one and only Spider-Man.” (Spoilers ahead!)


Don’t believe me? Read on to see how aiming for perfection can be a grave mistake

Dirty Dancing (1987) Image: Vestron Pictures

In 1987, Jennifer Grey starred with Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing, one of the most popular teen romance films of all time. The movie grossed over 200 millions and defined being a teen in the 1980s.

Jennifer had the time of her life. Her fame crossed the oceans; her posters…

A-story is the sugar, B-story is the medicine

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When I first began writing screenplays, I was confused about subplots. I didn't realize the parallel storylines had to be connected to the main plot. Duh!

But I wasn't alone! I had seen many TV series where seemingly unrelated storylines ran separately for many weeks. So when my screenwriting group…


We love being fooled, but your actors don't

The Usual Suspects (1995) Gramercy Productions

It took me ages to analyze the structure of The Usual Suspects. After writing a few thousand words, I almost gave up because I couldn't make up my mind about significant aspects.

It's a tough one. The movie has multiple layers, and there are several possible explanations about how the…

Your job is to guide the cooking step by step

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“How do you think the director will shoot this?” my friends from my screenwriting group would ask me.

I was a novice screenwriter. I had tons of creative ideas, a passion for telling stories, but my words on the page were “unshootable.”

Not all words, obviously. But I got frequent…


Storytelling is not narrating some guy’s adventures; it is designing a user experience

Memento (2000), Newmarket Films LLC

(*) “Gimmick or really dull movie? You decide.”

Blake Snyder, about Memento, in Save the Cat!

This story contains spoilers about Christopher Nolan’s movie Memento (2000). I will tell you the ending — no wait, I mean the beginning! If you haven’t seen Memento, I recommend you watch it first…

Nihan Kucukural

Turkish screenwriter. I help writers understand story structures so they can write better stories. I analyze Story Bones on The Writing Cooperative.

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