I was so stunned. The question would not stop echoing inside me: “Mr. Goldman, Mr. Goldman, do you always begin your second theme by page seventeen?—”
Because, you see, I didn’t know what a second theme was. I literally did not know what language she was speaking. But she had this nugget, this bit of data, and she was going to build her church on it – and it would not stand. Her church would crumble the moment weight was applied.
But she made me realize, truly she did, that I would have to write another book about screenwriting [Which Lie Did I Tell?]. Because movies are not about second themes or dialogue or pretty stars. If screenplays are structure, and they are, then movies are story.