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Best Screenwriting Tips, Writer's Help & Advice

Find expert screenwriting advice articles, industry leading interviews with writers, expert writing advice, screenwriting tips and answers to commonly raised questions from screenwriters, scriptwriters, filmmakers, and writers of all types. A little insider screenwriting help can go a long way toward improving the writing craft and working with screenwriting software.

Writing Blockbuster Love Story Movies

Everyone loves a love story. But this apparently simple tale may be the most difficult form to write well, for a number of reasons. First, love is the only genre where you need not one, but two equally well-defined main characters. You know how ha...

Read more... | Published: 12/31/01 | by John Truby

How to Prepare Your Stage Play Script for the Theater Market

What a high: you've typed 'end of play' and that full-length stage play you've labored on for the last eighteen months is finally finished. Time to send it out to Broadway producers and get that rave in the New York Times you've always dreamed of....

Read more... | Published: 12/31/01 | by Jonathan Dorf

How To Get An Agent the Right Way

You're a hot writer! Already you can see your name on the front page of Variety and the Hollywood Reporter. But to make the magic work, you need an agent. Or rather, you think you do. Like a savvy cat who'll only agree to come to you when cream ...

Read more... | Published: 12/31/01 | by Marisa D'Vari

Do You Really Want to Become a Screenwriter?

Almost every writer and every serious film fan at one time or another has considered writing a screenplay and how to become a screenwriter. Lured by the power of the big (or small) screen, and by stories of all the fame, success, awards and big, b...

Read more... | Published: 12/31/01 | by Michael Hauge

The Ins and Outs of TV Series Writer Deals

The television business has undergone a dramatic change in recent years. In the past, studios would lavishly spend millions of dollars on long-term development deals with TV writers referred to as 'overall deals' in the hope that during the two to...

Read more... | Published: 12/31/01 | by Dina Appleton

How to Become a Screenwriter: 6 Essential Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters

Did you know that million-dollar, A-list scribe RON BASS works an average of 14 hours a day, seven days a week? Or that ERIC ROTH likes to wake up in the middle of the night, write for a few hours, take a nap, start again in the morning and contin...

Read more... | Published: 12/31/01 | by Karl Iglesias

Romantic Comedy Writing Secrets

If creating a successful romantic comedy really was as easy as plugging a couple of stars into a standard boy-meets-girl, boy-loses- girl, boy-gets-girl structure, the market would be glutted with genuinely funny romantic comedies. But can you rem...

Read more... | Published: 12/31/01 | by William 'Bill' Mernit

Watching Lord of the Rings - Again

Sometimes I like to see a movie twice; once to watch the movie, and once to watch the audience. You can learn a lot from watching the audience, how involved they are, how restless, how they breathe, when they lean over to talk to each other, when ...

Read more... | Published: 12/31/01 | by Christopher Vogler

La Grande Illusion - A Reflection by Syd Field

'La Grande Illusion' -- Jean Renoir's classic 1937 film revisited by author and teacher Syd Field partially excerpted from his new book 'Going to the Movies' My journey in film really began in the spring of 1960 at the University of California at...

Read more... | Published: 11/10/01 | by Syd Field

The New Spec Style

There has been a lot of talk lately about the new spec formatting style. Throughout the 1990s, there has been a movement toward 'lean and clean' screenwriting: Shorter screenplays, shorter paragraphs, shorter speeches, more white space and the omi...

Read more... | Published: 06/16/01 | by David Trottier

Frustrated Selling My Spec Script

Dear Gatekeeper: I've finished my spec script, entered a couple of contests and sent out a zillion query letters by mail and email. The only response I received was from an agent who will represent me if I shell out $25 for every submission. I'm w...

Read more... | Published: 05/31/01 | by Howard Meibach

Real People, Real Characters: The WHO of Memoir

One of the wonderful things about writing memoir is that there is so much life material to use when we allow ourselves to fully explore our pasts. Much of that material comes from character. This is beginning to sound easy, isn't it? Not so fast....

Read more... | Published: 03/02/01 | by Michelle Richmond

Of Sorcerers, Apprentices and Screenwriters

2004: On the TV show The Apprentice 16 young entrepreneurial types compete to be the apprentice to Donald Trump. It's a truly coveted position because it means learning from a master. For those who don't succeed, their fate is summed up in two w...

Read more... | by D.B. Gilles

Coming Apart at the Themes

Even when a story has memorable characters, a riveting plot and a fully developed genre, it may still be coming apart at the themes. Theme is perhaps the most powerful, yet least understood element of story structure. It is powerful because theme...

Read more... | by Melanie Ann Phillips

Keeping a Writer's Journal

Writers write. A journal is way to do that, without knowing where you are going with the writing, to unload thoughts, obsessions, insights and observations, and sometimes to imitate other writers, seeing how your perceptions might come across in t...

Read more... | by Sheila Bender

10 Power Principles to Screenwriting Success

Bring your screenwriting up to the power level with these 10 quick-reference tips from author/screenwriter/script consultant Derek Rydall. 1. DO SOMETHING PRODUCTIVE EVERY DAY Write something every day - whether it's your project or an assignmen...

Read more... | by Derek Rydall

A Little Confession is Good for the Soul: An Interview with Writer/Director Stefan Schaefer

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Read more... | by John Gaspard