Lauren Fletcher

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So, You Want to Become a Screenwriter?

Becoming a big shot Hollywood screenwriter is a dream for many people, but most never take the necessary steps to become successful because they …

Writing

The two minutes it takes to read this will improve your writing forever.....

… is the name of this post, reproduced below in its entirety:<p>You’re busy, so I’ll keep this quick. Following are the simplest tips I can give you to …

Creative Writing

The Script Polish: How to Maximize Your Screenplay's Impact and Minimize Risk of Rejection

This guest post is by B. O’Malley. B.O’Malley started his film career in 1994, reading and covering scripts for the literary agency Media Artists …

Screenwriting

10 ways to get the writing juices flowing

Writing projects can be like children.You love them dearly, but sometimes they irritate you and you need a break.Working on something fresh can …

Creative Writing

Want to Be a Better Writer? Cut These 7 Words

by Joe BuntingIf you’re reading this, then you want to be a better writer. However, becoming a better writer is elusive, isn’t it? It’s more art than …

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What Helps When You’re Suicidal - From Those Who Have Been There

Real-world advice if you're experiencing suicidal thoughts - or supporting someone who is.<p>New Zealand has the highest youth suicide rate in the OECD. This week, VICE spoke to three young women who survived suicidal ideation about their experiences, what being suicidal was like, how they managed to …

One Way to Plot a Novel

Plotter or Pantser?The first decision a writer faces at the beginning of a long fiction project is whether they are going to plot it or pants it. One …

How to Read a Lot More Books (Especially If You Don't Like to Read)

Want to read more books? Here are 5 easy ways to make that happen.<p>Whenever I tell people I read an average of one to two books a week, I get the same question: "How are you able to read so much? I just don't have the time."<p>Actually, you do have the time, but the simple answer -- saying you just …

Screenwriting Staffing's Blog

How to Write Dialogue That Dazzles Your Readers

If you’re a fiction writer, you’re always looking for ways to improve your craft. There are so many aspects to focus on — what kind of detail to …

Writing

The Secret to Writing the Middle of a Story

If you’ve ever had the middle of a manuscript sag and feel flabby, congrats. You’re a writer! One of the questions I ask when get stuck writing the …

Unlock your character’s inner voice. Write top dialogue with this simple trick.

I use this method to flip my dialogue from clumsy and turgid into something more raw and compelling.There are hundreds of ways of accessing the …

3 Ways to Discover Who YOU Are as a Screenwriter

Do you know who <i>you</i> are as a screenwriter or are you just trying to emulate the success of others?<p>Reading and researching all of the great …

How To Become a Successful Blogger

It takes more than just good writing<p>I’ve been a writer for a very long time. I have no formal training. I’ve learned only by writing and reading with …

Blogging

20 Tips For Starting Your Own Movie Blog

I remember way back 5 years ago when I was getting ready to launch my own movie blog (The Movie Blog officially launched on July 24th 2003) I did a …

Where to Hit Someone to Inflict the Most Damage | The Art of Manliness

Getting into a physical fight is never ideal, and every self-defense expert will tell you that if you can avoid a fight if at all possible, you …

Self Defense

Plot Twist: Chemistry Between 2 People Depends on These 3 Personality Traits

There are few better feelings in the world than experiencing that newfound chemistry with someone you care about. In the early stages of a …

Personality

The Story Comes First: Where to Start with Story Structure

I’m a discovery writer: my preferred method of storytelling involves as little outlining as possible. I usually like to start with a group of …

Why Authors Should Not Use Social Media

As an author, you’ve probably been told that being active on social media will help you sell your books.<p>And maybe you’ve been doing all you can to …

TV Writing: How to Write a TV Pilot Demystified

How to Write a Pitch for a TV Pilot<p>With your own <i>TV Pilot Kit</i>, you’ll get more than just a starting point for television writing success, you’ll also …

TV

National Lampoon & Stage 32 Launch Comedy Screenwriting Competition

National Lampoon has partnered with online film and TV creatives platform Stage 32 to launch the National Lampoon & Stage 32 Comedy Screenwriting …

National Lampoon

The 10 Obsessions You Need to Have to Become a Self-Made Millionaire

You get rich by fixating on getting rich.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Becoming a successful entrepreneur and achieving millionaire status isn’t easy -- less than 10 percent of the U.S. population ever reaches this goal. Most people give up along the way, becoming …

The Kuleshov Effect and How Spielberg Masters It

If you haven't heard of Kuleshov's Effect you are not alone. However, once you understand it you will start noticing it in many directors' films …

Writing Prompts – Round 8

Hello, everyone!<p>We’re sure you’re all hard at work on your scripts, getting them ready for the next <b>Write/LA deadline on June 15</b>. As you take your …

5 Ways You Can Determine If Your Script Is Done

The most underrated talent in screenwriting is knowing when the screenplay is done. Not the first draft. Not the second draft. Not the draft you’re …

If You Think Horror Movies Are Scary, Wait Until You Read These Novels

If you've ever wondered whether or not your love of horror movies and scary stories is creepy, this should give you some peace of mind: There's …

Stephen King

How to Create a Sustainable Writing Practice that Yields Results

In 2016 I brought my first domain name. I remember spending weeks trying to come up with my website name.<p>After I finally came up with a name and set …

Writing

How To Get People To Like You: 7 Ways From An FBI Behavior Expert

<b>Before we commence with the festivities, I wanted to thank everyone for helping my first book become a Wall Street Journal bestseller. To check it</b> …

Hostage Negotiation Techniques That Will Get You What You Want

How does hostage negotiation get people to change their minds?<p>The <i>Behavioral Change Stairway Model</i> was developed by the FBI’s hostage negotiation …