Draft Zero: a screenwriting podcast

Two emerging screenwriters – Chas Fisher and Stuart Willis – try to work out what makes great screenplays work. Discovering what it takes by analysing what successful writers put on the page.



episode 57: DZ-57: Backmatter - Aesthetics and Forgiveness in Writing

How can you best articulate your ideas?

It is time (in fact, well past time) for our semi-annual #Backmatter episode. For the uninitiated, this is an episode where Stu and Chas discuss career and craft-related topics beyond what makes great screenplays work. To that end, Stu and Chas dive into: a five year review of Draft Zero and how it has changed their writing craft and process; a discussion on the aesthetics of writing; learnings for emerging writers in having their work produced; and finally forgiving yourself for not writing.

As always: an amazing thank you to out Patreons for supporting more Draft Zero more often, and in particular Patreon Chris Walker who edited this episode for us.


  • Beginner’s Guide to Draft Zero — http://draft-zero.com/beginners-guide/
  • Watch: Ira Glass on The Gap - https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PbC4gqZGPSY
  • Listen: Lingua Ignota - For I Am The Light (And Mine Is The Only Way)https://linguaignota.bandcamp.com/album/all-bitches-die-2
  • Read: Michael Hauge — STORY STRUCTURE: The 5 Key Turning Points of All Successful Screenplays
  • Listen: David Foster Wallace - This is Water - https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8CrOL-ydFMI
  • Read: How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation- https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/annehelenpetersen/millennials-burnout-generation-debt-work

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 2019-05-01  1h29m