Feb 4, 2022
Directed by Denzel Washington and starring Michael B.
Jordan, A Journal for Jordan is based on the
true story of First Sergeant Charles Monroe King, a soldier
deployed to Iraq who begins to keep a journal of love and advice
for his infant son. Screenwriter Virgil Williams tells Write On:
"It's really quite a remarkable love story… I used to say to Denzel
[Washington], 'Look at us. We're doing all this work, all because
these people loved each other.' That's astounding to me.”
Virgil goes on to give advice on forging a screenwriting
career: "Work on your craft all the time. Make it part of what you
are, and it doesn't mean that you're sitting at the keyboard all
the time; the better part of writing is listening - listening to
the way that people talk… listening to your director,
listening to your instinct, listening to your story because your
story will tell you what it needs and wants."
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