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Subtext – The Beauty Of What’s Left Unsaid (Or Unwritten) In Your Screenplay:A problem I frequently come across as a screenwriting consultant and instructor is the tendency of writers to overwrite and to include too much on-the-nose exposition. This can quickly mark as a screenplay as amateurish, whereas its opposite—effective u...
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Diane Drake on Screenwriting

  • Ann Baldwin
  • .August 25, 2021
Diane Drake is one of just four female screenwriters with sole credit who have earned $1 million or more for their screenplays in the United States.Her first produced script, Only You, sold for $1 million and starred Robert Downey, Jr. and Marisa Tomei. Her second, What Women Want, is the second-highest grossing romantic comedy ...
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We interviewed Diane about the essentials of a first act, getting to know what your story is really about, and whether or not Hollywood will ever return to the golden age of spec scripts.Were you always interested in telling stories?I always felt fairly comfortable with the written word, and then became especially interested in ...
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