On Writing

Thank you, J.K. Rowling! …

Those whoops and hollers you hear from the Writing Well Spring are playwrights and screenwriters delirious with glee at J.K. Rowling’s fantastic foray … ahem, entrance into these two formats. Her just released Harry Potter and the Cursed Child stage play and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay, coming in November, are two deliciously demented wand blasts to the old adage, “nobody reads screenplays.”

They do now. Cursed Child sold 2 million copies in 2 days in U.S./Canada. Rejoice thy screenwriter within. Come hither! Come yon! There’s Ideas Begat and Thoughts Provoked in them thar pages. Plenty of eye-friendly white space too. Oh, the speed we will read. Want to know what a character is thinking? Dialogue and action. That’s it. That’s all. God knows Morgan Freeman won’t be around forever. Tally ho and take note thy nuance. Don’t blink, you may miss the small town of Symbolism.

Has the writing establishment come full circle? Forgive the foreshadowing, has the fair lady Rowling reconnected us to Shakespeare?

Stay tuned … a future blog will delve, dear reader, into just what awaits said screenplay and story for you.

Thanks again, J.K., for making magic.

By David Belisle

I'm a novelist and screenwriter in search of the Great Guffaw. It's kind of like getting hit with a bucket of Gatorade. It's a good time that sticks with you.

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