My partner and I have been watching a lot of movies lately. It’s quite unusual for me, as I’m much more of a book reader than a movie watcher. Anyway, last night we were watching this rom-com, and 35 mins into it, just as I was feeling so restless and frustrated, my partner turned around and said:
“The best thing about this movie is the scenery, isn’t it?”
“I know right! I don’t know why it’s so bad.”
“Do you want to stop?”
“No, let’s keep watching. I want to find out why it’s so bad.”
I know that, in writing as well as in movies, we learn as much from terrible examples as we do from exemplary ones.
So, as frustrating as the movie was, I wanted to get down to the bottom of it and find out what made it that way. Where had the scriptwriter failed me?
Here are the 3 things I am reminded by the movie about how NOT to write and construct a story.
When you do one of these 3 things, you are literally committing an artistic crime against your readers and viewers, whether it’s a book, a movie, or just a fiction story.