Michael Lent

Syd Field, An Appreciation

Syd Field, An Appreciation

Creative Screenwriting columnist Michael Lent remembers Syd Field and his groundbreaking work on screenplay structure

by Michael Lent Most writers are nonconformists who hate to be told how to structure their lives. “I have to wake, work and sleep when? Says who?” That aberrant inclination carries over to our actual writing. We say things like, “I just want to write and see where the characters and the story take me.” […]

 Michael Lent

Elmore Leonard Tribute

Elmore Leonard Tribute

by Michael Lent In a world of lettuce, Elmore Leonard was meat. Patron saint to crime novelists and screenwriters, his prose got to the meat of things. Quickly. His writing style was crisp, direct and never called attention to anything but the story. His titles were blunt like a punch in the nose. Leonard’s characters […]

 Michael Lent

C – H – A – N – G – E

C – H – A – N – G – E

The terrifying six letter buzzword you need to embrace

by Michael Lent Author’s Note: Usually, I write nuts and bolts pieces like “Five Bears You Need to Avoid and Seven Ways to Fend Them Off With Toe Nail Trimmers;” however, since this is the inaugural column of the Creative Screenwriting re-launch, this conceptual piece is my way of saying, “Good to be home.”   […]