March 27, 2019

Jordan Peele's Advice to Thriller Writers Everywhere

Get Out was the undeniable biggest movie of 2017. As Peele's Us takes 2019 by storm, let's look back at Peele's advice for writers. 

Jordan Peele is a worker. The guy came up through the sketch comedy rankings, finally got recognition for Key and Peele, and now is gracing our eyeballs and brains with the best thriller movies since the Shyamalan heyday...or maybe even since Hitchcock. 

I love reading advice from writers who have struggled and now are creating original ideas on screen. Thankfully, a YouTuber named Tyler Mowery took the time to compile all of Jordan Peele's advice on writing and drop it over the clips of Get Out that he's referencing.

It's really helpful to hear how Peele has FUN while writing. A lot of his advice comes back to what he cares about and what would get him to go to the movies. If you write like an audience member, then you'll always have the entertainment factor covered. Being entertaining can get your work noticed and produced, as it did for Peele. 

He also doesn't shy away from controversy. His movies are ABOUT SOMETHING. 

When you're thrilling the audience, it can help to scare them with something they fear about society or something they fear about themselves. 

That means you can't shy away from talking about the uncomfortable parts of life. Because the real world is scary.  

That's all great advice. 

Check out the full video from Tyler Mowery below. 

What's next? Learn screenwriting lessons from the best comedy movies of all time

It's hard to be funny. We assembled some of the best comedy movies of all time to help you learn how to write a comedy screenplay. Lists of the best comedy movies rarely have lessons or things that can benefit the writer. Most are designed to get people talking, and sometimes they even want to annoy us, so I decided to pick ten comedy movies I think are representative of some amazing screenwriting lessons to help you on your screenwriting journey. 

I can't wait to see what you write next!      

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You forgot one important bit of advice - Don't be a white dude.

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March 28, 2019 at 12:18PM

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