Skip to content

Fuzzy Lines

David Gane
David Gane
1 min read

In the post You say Tomarto from Thought for the Week, a blog from the London design consultancy, johnson banks, says:

“designers themselves often can’t agree what constitutes good design. You can surround the creative process with plenty of bluff and bluster but no-one can say with absolute certainty when the ‘right’ solution has been reached.”

This is a lot like scriptwriting. Ask different people to point out where one act ends and another begins and you will find disagreement. One group may draw a clear line and separate one act from the next but never agree where that line should be placed. Another group will point out that “something happens” at some point (another variable that is ill-defined) and then 5 pages later (give or take 5 pages) something else happens.

There are a lot of things one can learn about writing from others but most of it is theory and it often falls apart in practice.

On Writing

David Gane Twitter

Co-writer of the Shepherd and Wolfe young adult mysteries, the internationally award-winning series, and teacher of storytelling and screenwriting.


Related Posts

Members Public

Responses help your reader

If your audience locks into the emotional journey of your main character, then they’ll know how to respond when your character responds.  If a stranger approaches and the main character seems relaxed, then the audience will be comfortable as well. If they seem threatened, there’ll be tension.  Your

Members Public

A Novel is like a party

“For me, a novel is like a party. Anybody who wants to join in can join in, and those who wish to leave can do so whenever they want.” — Haruki Murakami

Members Public

What's it for?

Seth Godin recently asked two questions in a blog post: "Who's it for? What's it for?" When writing, do you know who it's for? It doesn't have to be an audience with a capital "A." It doesn't have to be for any audience; it can be for just you. But