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Weekend Writing Inspiration: 10 Things To Do When You Can’t Write a Word

Feeling blocked, stuck, uninspired? Here are 10 things you can do when facing your script feels just plain impossible.

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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: Sequels Don’t Equal Success as Joker Has the Last Laugh

Over the past month or so, there’ve been various cases at the box office that could be considered as highly encouraging for big screen storytelling. Key developments following some of those trends occurred over the weekend.

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All The Write Moves: 'Judy'

Beloved entertainers who cannot sustain happiness offstage are fascinating, hence the litany of biopics about troubled actors and singers. The latest movie of this type is Judy, which concerns actress/singer Judy Garland. She gained fame as a child s...

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Fast Five: Star Wars Uses Books to Sell Movies and SAG Gets Metaphysical

This week, Disney made some major choices about the narrative future of its two biggest franchises, disabled writers and SAG Presidents are in the spotlight for different reasons, and MIPCOM proves once again that every idea has already been thought ...

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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: Narrative Beats Out Special Effects at the Box Office

Last week in this space we celebrated the massive opening weekend of Joker, a film that captured the film conversation—and audience attendance—by virtue of the power of its narrative approach. Whether or not you agreed with the film, or even liked it...

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The Fast Five: New Writing Initiatives & Successfully Pivoting Genres

I hope everybody enjoyed their Thanksgiving / Columbus Day / Indigenous Peoples Day holiday weekend. Whether you’re back to work or still enjoying the long weekend in one of the states that gives you a day off for it, catch up on this week’s Fast Fiv...

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All The Write Moves: 'Joker'

It’s become rare for movies released by major studios to spark heated debate, but director-co-writer Todd Phillips’ Joker, a wild riff on the iconic Batman villain, has done exactly that. By placing the psychotic clown character at the center of a na...

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Writer-Director Abe Forsythe Serves Up Big Fun in 'Little Monsters'

Is it weird to say a zombie movie is cute? Well, Little Monsters is cute. And gory, funny, full of F-bombs and laced with a little romance—just about everything you want in a zom-com. 

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Weekend Writing Inspiration: 5 Ways to Bounce Back From Writing Burnout

When you’ve been burning the midnight oil to meet a writing deadline (or multiple back-to-back deadlines), burnout won’t be far behind. Hopefully after submitting you’ll have some time to recover. And if you don’t, make sure to build more padding int...

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