HOW TO WRITE WELL



There’s a Billy Wilder quote that you may already know.
He says, Grab 'em by the throat and never let 'em go.

An interesting thought. How do you do it though?
I can’t say much but, let me tell you what I know.

It’s not that hard to absorb, what Big Billy Boy means.
That quote is best explained by great opening scenes.

Like what a novelist does with his book’s first line.
Grabs your attention and then really makes you pine.

Do what he did with ‘Some Like It Hot’s’ plot,
Or use great dialogues to make a little say a lot.
In your first few pages, hit them with all that you’ve got.

Basically…

Billy says catch their attention from the start,
A great opening sets your scene or sequence apart.

Your audience is fickle but, don’t mock their intelligence,
A film’s opening shows whether you’ve done due diligence.

Shock them, scare them, tease them or awe them,
However you may do it, you have to draw them.

And once you have them interested and booked,
Use any means necessary to keep them hooked.

Let’s takes Billy’s wisdom, he sounds like a friend.
If he was alive today, he would’ve been hundred and ten.

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