Screenwriting : Have you found your screenwriter's voice? by Phillip "The Man Who Can'" Hardy

Have you found your screenwriter's voice?

"At the end of the day, your voice is an expression of you. What you care about. What you are passionate about. What enlivens you. What compels you to sit down and pound out pages. In terms of discovering your voice, there is perhaps nothing more important than tapping into that core aspect of your Self. What do you want to say? How do you want to say it?"

~Scott Meyers

Do you have a voice as a screenwriter? As Scott Meyers points out in the article (that I'm posting the link for below) writers like Wes Anderson and Quentin Tarantino have distinctive voices as writers. These voices make their work recognizable. 

From where I sit, my voice has developed over time. One of the key ingredients for me is coming at a story from an interesting angle. For example, if you're going to write a screenplay about a famous person or historical event, come at from a very compelling unique perspective that nobody has thought of before you. 

How you found your voice yet?

Jody Ellis

I've been told I have a distinct voice, but it wasn't somethng I set out to find. More like it found me, I suppose. :-)

Adrian Eugene

Many voices in my head they are learning how to take smile. My wife is translating; she is the writer, I'm just water.

Chris Courtney Martin

My voice is something that really came through when I let go of certain screenwriting mandates that I learned very early on, which were established more as training wheels than rules to live by forever. It's been working pretty well in my favor. ^_^

Owen Mowatt

Exactly as Chris says.

I would also add that it's not just a question of finding ones voice, it's having the courage to listen and trust it.

Steven Michael

I like the question Meyers asks: If your writing were a musical instrument, what would it be?

I think oboe. Lurking, undertone, wistful, and uses a lot of air.

John German

Dear Phillip Hardy:

To parody a quote from Roman Holiday:

"Meaning! By all means, Meaning. I will cherish the meaningful writing in memory as long as I live.".

Whether it's subtle or not so subtle - meaning.

Merry Christmas.

God Bless.


John German

Doug Nelson

I found my voice but I'm suffering from a little laryngitis right now.

Dan Guardino

I just write my screenplays and don't know if I have voice or not.

Owen Mowatt

Possibly one of the saddest things a writer could say, Dan.

Justin Kwon

Took me three years, but I found mine.

Philip Sedgwick

Definitely have a voice. The weirdest thing... it sounds a lot like I think.

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