The 21 Day Challenge

King (2001) outlines in her book a method to writing a film script in 21 days. On my blog pages, The 21 Day Challenge, you will see the outcomes, tribulations, and speculations, I’ll face as I take on the challenge myself.

Once you have grasped what King (2005) means when she refers to the ‘Inner Movie Method’ (p. 6), the exercises make sense. I highly recommend going through the chapters meticulously and undertake the exercises chronologically. The book is: How to Write a Movie in 21 Days.

“The Inner Movie Method assigns specific jobs to your head and your heart so each part of you is doing the job it does best and not interfering with one another” (King, 2005, p. 7).

As you acquire a firmer understanding of how to undertake this creative modus operandi, you will slowly start to see how your half-baked movie idea can turn into something solid.

I have already completed The 8-Minute Author and The 9-Minute Movie. King (2005) outlines how to structure a screenplay and what content to include. We have already discussed the 3-Act structure in an earlier post and by adding King’s (2005) nine imperative plot points, it is possible to see when certain elements of your story are to be achieved in the script. She calls it the 9-Minute Movie with “solid support points on pages 1, 3, 10, 30, 75, 90, and 120” (King, 2005, p.40).

Based on King’s structure, I have compiled a 9-minute movie ‘ruler’ as a guide for when I wrote up my 9 main plot points (see the guide in figure 1 below). You can also see the ruler as an interactive map by clicking here.

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Figure 1: Ruler of main plot points (King, 2005)



KING, V. (2005) How to write a movie in 21 days. 1st ed. New York, NY: Collins Reference.

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