Screenwriters on Writing: NY Times Asks Linklater, Polley, Holofcener, Delpy, Gerwig and More About the Art of the Film Script

Screenwriters on Writing: NY Times Asks Linklater, Polley, Holofcener, Delpy, Gerwig and More About the Art of the Film Script
The New York Times queried 14 talented screenwriters, asking simple questions like "What's the trick to writing realistic dialogue?," and many of the responses are fascinating. A highlight of answers below, from Richard Linklater ("Before Midnight"), Greta Gerwig ("Frances Ha"), Nicole Holofcener ("Enough Said"), Sarah Polley ("Stories We Tell"), Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy (both "Before Midnight") and more. Gerwig on a good screenwriting tip:Whenever you have an “idea,” as in a concept that you could explain to someone, like a hook or at worst a gimmick, that is a bad thing. It feels good, but it’s not good. The best ideas reveal themselves, you don’t “have” them. For me, anyway.Let your characters talk to each other and do things. Spend time with them — they’ll tell you who they are and what they’re up to.Hawke on the trick to writing a heartbreaking scene:There is no trick
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