Eshwar Chaitanya

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Dumb Little Writing Tricks That Work: Plot Backward

So you’re doing prep work, breaking the story. Problem is, the story is breaking YOU! The plot is a mess, you can’t figure it out, bits and pieces …

Screenwriting

A Better Way To Deal With The Negative Thoughts In Our Heads

If you’re familiar with contemporary definitions of mindfulness, you’ve probably heard something along the lines of not getting too attached to our thoughts, but letting them arise and subside of their own accord, like clouds. Our job is just to witness them, non-judgmentally, and let them fade …

Mindfulness

Here are the ages you peak at everything throughout life

Ageing can seem like a scary prospect, but a wealth of scientific studies have found that youth isn't all it's cracked up to be. There are plenty of …

Dumb Little Writing Tricks That Work: What to do after you finish your first draft

It may seem like a really dumb idea, but it’s a crucial step in rewrite process.<p>Okay, so you’ve just typed FADE OUT of the first draft of your latest …

Screenwriting

Watch: How to Create an Unforgettable Action Hero

A new video essay shows how to make your action heroes both realistic and kickass.<p>"To strive, and not to yield."<p>"No pain, no gain."<p>These sayings have …

3 Lessons We Learned From Aaron Sorkin's Master Class at TIFF

If Sorkin hadn't been broke, alone and stuck in an apartment with no entertainment besides a typewriter, we may never have experienced some of the …

Follow These 5 Steps to Create a Perfect Whip Pan Transition

Create seamless whip pan transitions in post by following these simple shooting techniques.<p>Known best in recent years for their appearance in films …

14 Strange But Extremely Effective Ways To Overcome Writer’s Block

<i>Writing about a writer’s block is better than not writing at all.</i><p><b>–Charles Bukowski</b><p>It happens to every writer. It’s inevitable. Your prose has turned …

Creative Writing

Reader Question: How to balance writing theory and the actual writing?

What if learning theory and trying to put it into practice stymies creativity?<p>From Traci Peterson:<p>I’m an intuitive/organic writer discovering the …

Waking Up at 5 A.M. Doesn't Make Your Morning Routine Great. But These 5 Things Do

Mornings are where the tone for your day is set. Having a powerful routine goes a long way in setting you up for a successful day.<p>3:45 a.m.<p>That's when the alarm sounds for Apple CEO Tim Cook. And Cook isn't alone either, many other successful CEOs have boasted similar stories of waking up early. …

Time Management

If You’ve Wondered Where Ideas Come From, This Short Is A Good Start

“Where Do Ideas Come From?” digs into just that, tapping into a bevy of influential creative minds for the answers.<p>Here’s an idea: Think about ideas. Where do they come from? Is an idea the same thing as inspiration? How do you even <i>get</i> an idea?<p>Filmmaker Andrew Norton explores this endless abyss of …

Creativity

MEET THE READER: Importance of Logical Conclusions in Storytelling

There are many important ingredients in a screenplay: premise, plot, characters, dialogue, and so on. One of the most important is logic. Ray Morton …

How You’ll Recover From Writer’s Block

<i>Writer’s block</i>. Do the words give you shivers?I’ve struggled with writer’s block many, many, many times. I know the fear it causes (I’ll never write …

Writers Often Have the Cleanest Windows

Writers often have the cleanest windows, floors, fridges and toilets, the most up-to-date filing system or the best record for returning calls or …

George R. R. Martin on the One Game of Thrones Change He 'Argued Against'

He’s the mind behind the world of Westeros.<p>George R. R. Martin is the novelist from whose imagination sprung <i>Game of Thrones</i>, the biggest show on TV. …

TV Series

This Simple Habit Could Change the Way You Write Screenplays

It really is simple, but it's highly effective.<p>We know, we know: these days, everyone claims to have "simple hack" that could change the way you do …

Writing

Reader Question: Is it okay for there to be more action lines in an action script?

Once again into the breach against so-called screenwriting ‘rules’.<p>From Alan Rambaldini:<p>I’m reading the script for ‘Clash of the Titans’ and there is …

Screenwriting

One cryptic storyteller is using Twitter to craft thrilling interactive fiction

Numerous esteemed authors have previously relied on Twitter to tell original <i>Flash fiction,</i> but one talented storyteller is pushing his tales way beyond the 140 character limit to create interactive <i>scenarios</i> that put you in charge of the story.<p>Artist Nas Maraj has created a truly engaging story …

What Are Your Real Chances of Screenwriting Success?

Writers know it’s not easy to launch and sustain a writing career. The odds aren’t necessarily stacked in your favor. But, what exactly are your …

Reader Question: How to approach writing jokes in a comedy script?

Be funny, but not at the expense of character.<p>GITS reader Paul Sanford sent me this in an email:<p>That may be a good topic — joke/gag writing in comedy …

Comedy

Black List writers on the craft: Story Prep (Part 1)

Reflections on breaking a story from some of Hollywood’s top screenwriters.<p>I often say this: There’s no right way to write. Every writer is …

Business of Screenwriting: Do’s and Don’ts

A few folks posted comments the other day, requesting I talk more about the business of being a working screenwriter. A big part of that is, frankly, …

Writing

7 Character Development Keys

<i>Start with character. End with character. Find the story in between.</i><p>A few year’s back, I was a guest of the weekly #scriptchat conversation (if you …

STORY BROADS: Can Screenwriting Damage Your Mental Health?

Anne-Cecile Ville explores how many artists have suffered a spectrum of mental health issues ranging from depression to bipolar disorders and …

10 Things You Don’t Need to Write A Screenplay

by Gordy HoffmanPeople are always telling you what you need to write a screenplay. Even I will tell you what’s required or demanded or unavoidable in …

Dumb Little Writing Tricks That Work: Create an argument

Let’s say you’re stuck writing a flat scene. No matter how you’ve approached it, the scene just lays there.<p>No energy.<br>No zip.<br>No nothing.<p>Do what …

Screenwriting

The Business of Screenwriting: Going From Suck to Non-Suck

Screenwriters experience persistent suckitude. The key: Go to non-suck.<p>As many of you know, I am just this side of being obsessed with Pixar. I …

Screenwriting

Christopher Nolan on the Story and Structure of “Memento”

An 18 minute video from 2001 including Nolan’s chalkboard diagram.<p>Today’s Daily Dialogue was <i>Memento</i>, so as I was rooting around online for some video …

Screenwriting

Screenwriting Lessons: “True Grit”

A five-part series exploring lessons from the Coen brothers screenplay.<p><i>True Grit</i> was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in …

Screenwriting