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Screenwriting Prompt from Real Life If any budding writer can't take the following news story as a prompt and turn it into an industry-grade horror movie screenplay, he's not even a hack. LOL... 76-year-old Tries to Attack Son with Chainsaw, Son Runs Him Over with Lawn Mower I mean, swap out the family feud angle and do a "Monster in the House" story and one act is already done. Hell, you can even keep the family feud as a subplot. ("Monster in the House" is one of ten standard blockbuster premise situations given in a book called Save the Cat by Blake Snyder. I'm not crazy about the rigidity of structure and beat placement in the book, but the identification of dramatic situations that resonate with the wide public is one of the best I've seen anywhere. Several of Ayn Rand's dramatic situations can be pegged to this system.) Michael