Stephanie Bourbon on Creating Cool Villains

LB’S NOTE: One of our fave TV writers-illustrators-screenwriters-vloggers, Stephanie Bourbon, reminds us of the importance of having great villains in our stories and how to create them.

by Stephanie Bourbon

I love me some villains, well the good ones, the well written, well thought out villains who are bad for a reason. Now, that reason probably doesn’t make much sense to you and me because we are not villains but to them it is their WHY! read article

Read the full screenplay of ‘On the Rocks’

If you check out the film On the Rocks on Wikipedia, here’s what you’ll see:

On the Rocks is a 2020 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Sofia Coppola. It follows a father and daughter (Bill Murray and Rashida Jones) as they tail her suspicious husband (Marlon Wayans). read article

Creating The Queen’s Gambit

A lesson in fortitude. It took writer Scott Frank 14 years to get his script for The Queen’s Gambit made into a film not only one of the most popular in the history of Netflix, but also beloved by critics. Here’s part of the story:

And here’s another, deeper part from Screencraft.Org: read article

Larry Brody’s TV Writing Tips & Tricks #8

What’s at Stake?
by Larry Brody

Long before I got into the television business, back when I was a television viewer, I would go off on a rant about cop shows at a moment’s notice. “Why are people’s lives always in danger?” I would shout. “Why does TV always have someone looking down the business end of a gun?”

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Now that I’ve been writing a good long while, I know the answer. The reason television gives us so many cop shows and medical shows and lawyer shows is that in those situations something very important is always at stake – usually someone’s life. You don’t get higher stakes than that, and without the risk of a very big loss, all the audience can do when it sees your hero being agitated is yawn and say, “Who cares?” read article

Stephanie Bourbon on Setting Realistic Writing Goals for 2021

LB’S NOTE: Stephanie Bourbon’s helpful column, originally scheduled for last week but bumped because of the shocking events on Capital Hill, presents us with much-needed  advice about a part of our lives we can, in fact, control..

by Stephanie Bourbon

Hello Dear Writers! read article