The other day a young screenwriter asked yours truly how I go about constructing a script.
“I start at the end. I need to know my ending and resolution—two distinct narrative end-points—before I start writing the script.”
The young screenwriter asked if my story ideas start with character or plot.
“Sometimes character, sometimes plot. A story I’m working on now started with an image. I met a female sniper. She had a beautiful manicure—nails laquered red as a Chinese vase—except for her trigger finger which was absent nail polish and bluntly cut. I can’t get that image out of my mind.”