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The Craft of Screenwriting: Developing from the One-Sheet
One of the most baffling and frustrating things that can happen to a writer is a pass on a script that everyone seems to love. Great characters, wonderful dialogue, sharp storytelling… So, do you want to option/buy/make this? Absolutely not.
All the Write Moves: 'Fosse/Verdon'
The new FX miniseries Fosse/Verdon is a treat for theater fans — and not just because two of the big names behind Hamilton are involved. Depicting the intertwined lives of legendary choreographer/director Bob Fosse, who died in 1987, and celebrated d...
Weekend Writing Inspiration: 10 Tips to Push Through Procrastination
“Help! I need a strategy for beating procrastination.” Procrastination is one of the most common manifestations of writing resistance. You want to write, you have a solid script idea, and you’re ready to get to work, but somehow each day that rolls a...
All the Write Moves: 'Shazam!'
Despite being the newest arrival on the superhero-cinema scene, Shazam has been around longer than most of his peers, debuting in 1939, just one year after Superman’s first appearance. And while this is not the right space to explore Shazam’s complic...
The Screenwriter's Coach: Treat Screenwriting Like a Startup Business
My first job out of school was at a tech startup. I was employee #3 and my duties ranged from taking out the trash, ordering lunch, and answering emails on behalf of a robot character, to interviewing CEO candidates and appearing on CNN news. That’s ...
All the Write Movies: 'The Highwaymen'
Everything about Netflix’s latest big-budget feature, The Highwaymen, evokes sensations from the past. Telling the real-life story of former Texas Rangers who were recruited to hunt down notorious Depression-era criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barr...
Weekend Writing Inspiration: 7 Strategies for Beating Writer's Block
“How can I find my words and inspiration again when I’ve been blocked?” There’s some debate in the writing world as to whether or not writer’s block actually exists. I don’t find that conversation useful. If you feel stuck or are unable to write, it’...
The Bricks of Breaking In: Writer-Producer Christine Boylan on Building a Screenwriting Career
Building and growing a television or film writing career can come with great obstacles, as well as great opportunities. Writer Christine Boylan shares her experiences and advice on making the journey from aspiring, to working writer.
Let's Talk About Parentheticals
If there’s any element of screenplay format that seems to cause confusion most frequently, it’s the parenthetical. I’m talking specifically about the words that appear between parentheses in the middle of dialogue. First, let’s look at how they shoul...
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