5 Story Lessons from Top Women Writers

5 Story Lessons from Top Women Writers


DIABLO CODY – don’t play nice

Diablo Cody won Best Original Screenplay Oscar for Juno in 2008. Since that time, she has continued to create fascinating characters and stories for both film and television. She is responsible for The United States of Tara, One Mississippi, Young Adult, and Ricki and the Flash. She is presently re-teaming with Juno director, Jason Reitman, for the upcoming Tully, as well as a film based on the Barbie franchise.

Cody forged her way into the industry be refusing to create the stereotypical female characters that many audiences had become accustomed to. Instead she writes fleshed out real women who sometimes refuse to play nice. Great characters and stories reflect the reality of the human experience, which isn’t always pretty. Sacrificing expectations for authenticity in screenwriting rarely goes unnoticed.

 

AMANDA SILVER – build a world for your story

Amanda Silver launched her career in the horror genre with The Hand that Rocks the Cradle. She later moved into action adventure with Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and Jurassic World. She recently completed the upcoming live-action Mulan project as well as Avatar 3.

Silver has remained one of the top writers in the industry through her ability to construct a world on screen. Though most of the franchises she has written for have been established in books or previous films, Silver has demonstrated an ability to bring the vision of a world to the screen through a unique lens. The worlds she has built make room for layered characters, loads of conflict, and line after line of interesting dialogue.

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