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Big Break: Screenwriting Contest for Career Success

Are you thinking of submitting your pilot or screenplay to a screenwriting contest? Before entering, it’s important to know which one is worth a writer’s time and money. While there are several worthwhile ones out there for their prizes and connectio...

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How Not to Network as a Screenwriter

Writers, so begins my tale of woe:

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Final Draft® Honors Aaron Sorkin, Steve McQueen, Sofia Coppola, Ramy Youseff & Radha Blank

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 18 – Final Draft, a Cast & Crew Company, now in its 30th year as the industry standard for screenwriting software, today announced the honorees for the 16th Annual Final Draft Awards. The awards, which recognize outstanding and ...

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Embracing Entrepreneurship As a Screenwriter Part I: Taking Initiative

I believe that being an effective entrepreneur is hugely beneficial when it comes to being a successful screenwriter. First and foremost, it improves your overall chances and opportunities. Secondly, it reduces the number of people you need to rely o...

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Weekend Writing Inspiration: 6 Steps to Tackling a Major Script Revision

If you’re staring down a major script rewrite it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, particularly when dealing with large-scale structural or character changes—or both!. Even though we know “writing is rewriting,” it can be daunting to face a big overhaul, e...

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6 Tips To Keep Writing When It Feels Like the World Is Falling Apart

Right now it feels like, one way or another, the world is falling apart. As a result, writers are more vulnerable to distraction, stress and anxiety than usual. I’m seeing threads, articles and discussions running the emotional gamut; from despair an...

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Unscripted: This Week in Screenwriting News (September 18, 2020)

Screenwriting career consultant Lee Jessup discusses this week's success stories, industry news, online events, and more.

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Weekend Writing Inspiration: Is It Time For a Writing Coach?

Sometimes you need help to make writing happen, solve a story problem, or sort out the next steps in your screenwriting career. One of the most powerful reasons to work with a writing coach is to have someone on your team — someone to turn to when th...

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6 Things To Do Once You Get A Script Request

Congratulations! Despite all of the odds and self doubt, you queried managers and got a script request! It's okay to celebrate. In fact, you should celebrate. You’ve just joined one of the few writers who's had success querying, so it’s okay if you w...

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