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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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Developing Your Brand, Part II: Combining the Technical and Emotional Aspects of Your Writing

Welcome back to our two-part series on developing your brand! Back in part one, we talked about what a brand is, why you need it, and how to develop the “technical” part of your branding statement. From here, we’ll finish up developing your brand and...

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Unscripted: This Week in Screenwriting News (August 25, 2020)

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

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The Fast Five: DC Creates Its Own Con While Netflix Cancels Shows Thanks to New Covid-Inspired Budget Increases

Writers, networks and studios have all been finding creative ways to connect with fans during quarantine. This has resulted in a new TV series for the writer, a new drive-thru experience for the network, and a new Comic-Con rival for the studio. And ...

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Fear the Pitch... and Do It Anyway

Most screenwriters will tell you that pitching is their least favorite part of the job. Sure, there may be one or two who claim to find the experience fun, but they are most definitely in the minority. What all screenwriters will agree on is that pit...

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The Fast Five: The ‘90s Are Back, and So Is That Episode of ‘Black-ish’

Two years after it was pulled from ABC the week it was intended to air, the infamous Black-ish episode that was censored for unknown reasons has finally been made available through Hulu. The show is incredibly tame when looked at through a 2020 lens,...

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