Genuinely, cliches in your opening pages are the fast track to losing a reader’s interest. I can’t stress this enough. It’s not hard to see why: if a reader is treated to the same *types* of events, characters, moments and dialogue over and over again (and they are), why would they recommend a screenplay??? It really is as simple as that.
Human beings prize novelty and originality. That’s just the way it is. We can fight it or we can find new and intriguing ways of presenting our stories.
But it’s easy for the likes of *me* to say this … I see those cliches in the spec pile. How can writers keep track of those all-important cliches, in one place?
That’s when two writers, Whitniverse & Lupiilu threw down the gauntlet and challenged me to write the most cliched opening of a screenplay, EVER – based on my experience of seeing said cliches in the spec pile.
How could I refuse?? So, here it is as a 3 page PDF.
This spoof script is based on my experiences as a script reader … So if you like it/find it useful, please make sure you share it with your writer friends!
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