My Ode to Goldman:
"William Goldman, I bow to thee.
You are one oh one in clarity.
Your intros are deceptively easy.
Oh, how I love the simplicity."
In the script "Maverick," notice how Goldman:
1) describes Maverick;
2) makes us like him;
3) adds conflict so we're waiting for Maverick to act.
"MAVERICK's 30, give or take. Enormously appealing. Whether that's because of his considerable physical skills or his sunny personality, who knows. It might be his quiet wit.
[THIS IS #1 & 2. I like him. I don't know why. But I do.]
In any case, we are looking at a handsome young man that everybody likes --
--make that almost everybody." [THIS IS #3. I can't wait to see who doesn't like him.]
WHAT I'VE LEARNED: Goldman's writing is not just simple and clear.
It also has conflict, a sense of humor, fun, & keeps escalating.