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Your Screenplay’s True Hero? The Opening Scene

In the competitive world of screenwriting, industry readers judge your script in the first few pages.<p>Openings are a vital part of a successful …

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How To Tell Your Screenplay Sucks - Pitch a Movie | Submit a Short Film | Web Series and more

<b>HOW TO TELL YOUR SCREENPLAY SUCKS</b><p>As anyone who has read original motion picture screenplays for a living will tell you: Most screenplays suck. And …

Writing

First Bananas: The Greatest Sitcom Sidekicks

Thousands of sitcoms have found their way into our prime-time lineups, our stream boxes, and (especially) our hearts. The situation comedy goes back …

Stories Are Everything

<i>The seventh installment of</i> <i>I Went to Adobe Creative Camp at SXSW 2015… And all I brought back is a series of blog posts, the firsthand account of a</i> …

Creative Writing

3 Screenwriting Tricks to Help You Improve Your Writing

• Buffer<p>Even if you love the printed word, there’s something magic about cinema. How it happens is somewhat of a mystery—even for those involved in the …

Writing

6 Must-Have Elements of a "Wow" Story Premise by K.M. Weiland http://buff.ly/...

6 Must-Have Elements of a "Wow" Story Premise by K.M. Weiland http://buff.ly/17EOWQB - Better Novel Project - Google+

The Art of Plotting

“The Art of Plotting: Add Emotion, Suspense, and Depth to your Screenplay” by Linda J. Cowgill.<p>Back Stage Books. New York, New York. 2008. 192 …

Top 10 Quotes On First Drafts

<b>Spanish speaker? Many thanks to Sergio from Bloguionistas for translating this post into Spanish! READ IT HERE.</b><p>If like me you’re struggling with an …

The One Page Outline of Se7en

<b>By David Konow.</b>Andrew Kevin WalkerLike<i> Taxi Driver</i> in its day, Andrew Kevin Walker’s screenplay for <i>Se7en</i> was a must-read among industry insiders, but …

Morgan Freeman

Learn to Draw: Flynn Rider from ‘Tangled’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

This week, our Learn to Draw animation series continues with a lesson on how to draw the lovable scoundrel Flynn Rider from “Tangled.” Check out the …

Walt Disney Company

Screenwriting Article – How Problems are the Solution to Your Screenplay

Screenwriting Article – How Problems are the Solution to Your ScreenplayHey guys. Today is going to be a short post as I’m super busy. But basically …

Writing

7 Crucial Logline Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Why is a good logline important? After all, it’s not printed anywhere in your script. And it oversimplifies your story to the point of absurdity …

Writing

2015 Oscar-nominated Screenplays

The studios have made available most of 2015’s Oscar-nominated screenplays. We’ve listed all available scripts below. If you’re a screenwriter …

33 Experts Share What They Want Next From Female Characters

Personality first, gender second?<p>The Bang2writers are writing more and more female characters now, but it’s not just as simple as that. We can ALL …

Screenwriting Tips from Emma Thompson, Steven Knight, and James Shamus

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) sat down with three accomplished screenwriters: James Shamus (The Ice Storm and Crouching …

Writing

Screenwriting Article – A Checklist for your Next Script!

Screenwriting Article – A Checklist for your Next Script!<i>#3 – A great central character</i>The Scriptshadow 250 Contest is coming! And that means all of …

Divorce

Character Development Checklist – 13 Points To Consider

‘Character is plot, plot is character.’ ~<b>F. Scott Fitzgerald</b><p>In an ideal world, novelists would perfectly combine plotting and characterisation. …

On Writing: Sometimes, it just *is*

This is me when writers want to rake over their protagonists’ extraneous childhoods<p>As a script editor, I spend a lot of time saying this to</i> …

Cracking the Sitcom Code

After signing up to write a script for Croatian television, I learned that virtually all TV comedies, from Seinfeld to South Park, follow a simple formula.<p>As happens to so many of us, I was asked to write a sitcom for Croatian television. I’m an American ex-pat living in Slovenia, and I know next …

15 Story Beats to Keep Your NaNoWriMo Novel on Track

Regardless of whether you’re a plotter or pantser, you might come to a place mid-month where your story feels like it’s gone off the rails. A lot of …

A Common Mistake Screenwriters Make When Developing Characters by Steve Kaplan

Screenwriting Structure And Conflict Tips For Screenwriters by Steve Kaplan

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Hidden Emotions: How To Tell Readers What Characters Don’t Want To Show

One of the struggles that comes with writing is when a character feels vulnerable and so tries to hide their emotions as a result. Fear of emotional …

How to Tell if Your Protagonist Needs a Better Goal

Did you know your protagonist isn’t as special as you think? Special means unusual or set apart. And amidst all the many awesome characters in your …

How to Write Female and Male Characters

When I am asked this question, I like to refer back to one of my favorite picture sets of all time:<p>But anyway, I know this is a serious question. …

7 Extremely Good Reasons To Write The Ending First

When we teach Writers Write, one of the first things we ask students is: How does your story end? This post shows you why we try to define an ending …