Hot dogs on the grill. Fireworks. Michael Bay. Scriptshadow Newsletter (it’s in your mailbox. Did you check your spam?). It’s the Fourth of July. Which means there’s no Scriptshadow post. But in true Scriptshadow fashion, I’m still leaving you a screenwriting tip. Try to write “crossover characters.” These are secondary characters who are part of more than one storyline. So instead of giving your hero a friend he pals around with at the bar and another friend he jokes around with at work, make the friend at the bar ALSO the friend at work. Make him cross over. I can’t begin to emphasize how much cleaner your scripts will be once you master this practice. Want 500 more screenwriting tips? Grab the Scriptshadow Screenwriting Book, which is only $4.99 at Amazon. That’s less than the cost of a pack of cherry bombs. Plus 3% of each sale goes towards defending America. That’s not true, actually. But I want it to be.