Now this advice comes from his creative live course (which is $129), however the section on "writing your story" comes free. You can watch it here. Please note that these aren't direct quotes they are just notes I wrote down from the 30 minute video.
"Put yourself in a Box."
This may make no sense. Writing has an infinite amount of possible stories, why would I want to limit myself. However you may find that starting with something small like. The fact that it has to take place in one room or something (like Film Riot Monday Challenges) like Steven Spielberg or a Shootout, will make it much easier to come up with the rest of the story details. So just start with one thing.
"Outline, then Research"
If you do outlines, Researching after doing the outline will help you with how events should happen or even help fill in plot holes.
"Don't only write what you know, then there would be no Star Wars or Hobbit, But Only write about emotions that you have experienced or at least know a great deal about."
"Dialog- don't use exactly what people say."
Often time when we write dialog, we write it as exactly what the characters mean but in real life, we lie and have (tons of) Sarcasm. So better Dialog is often times less straight forward.
"Use setups and Payoffs"
What is a Setup? One example of a setup is in Batman Begins. Bruce Wayne opens his suitcase to reveal a gun (setup), so that when we see the man who murdered his parents get shot, we believe that Bruce did it at first. (Payoff)
There's a lot more to learn in the free 30 minutes, But I bet that the whole thing is pretty good, but it seems a bit much for me.
Zachary Will is an Award-Winning Filmmaker creating short films and content for the Internet as the owner of Riverside Studios. He has a Bachelor's in Film from Full Sail University. He has worked on productions for companies like Webmd, Sears, Home Depot, Six Flags and more!
"the trick is to never give up... I think the secret of success is not how little you get knocked down but how often you get back up." - Gareth Edwards