Screenwriting How-To Articles

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The Bad Ass Screenwriter

As a Script Consultant for many years, I’ve worked with more than 2,000 screenwriters. Most of them are nice people. Good guys and women. Many have hired me more than once. I’ve become friends with lots of them. I’ve helped them through deals. I’ve been invited to weddings, baptisms, bar mitzvahs and numerous parties,...

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Balls of Steel: Overcoming Overthinking

Before I became Editor of ScriptMag, I used to write Balls of Steel every week. I didn’t have time to overthink articles. I just needed to churn them out with confidence. Now that I’m busier, juggling 60 contributors, having no assistant and still pursuing my own screenwriting career, I really don’t have time to...

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Breaking In: Confessions of a Screenwriter

Screenwriters, It’s confession time. Here’s mine: I collect baseball cards, I cry when watching corny old movies, and when I was a little girl I had a major crush on Jack Wild, who played “The Artful Dodger” in the movie, “Oliver!”. Okay, your turn. How many screenplays that were the basis of artistically and financially...

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Stories Without Borders: Why Screenwriters Matter

The stories that we tell ourselves, about ourselves, about our worlds, are very powerful. We need them. When we believe our stories, we can cope with what we think is truth. And we desperately need some truth to hang onto these days. And that’s where you come in, dear screenwriters. You are storytellers in...

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Behind the Lines with DR: Thanks to My Agent for Sharing

I don’t recommend you make a best buddy of your agent. Then again, I don’t not recommend you get bestie close with your chosen rep. That’s your call and, I suppose, theirs too. But there’s this added bonus, should you choose to pal-up with your agent. Friends tend to share. Be it about relationships,...

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Screenplay Competition: Frankenstein Gets a Makeover

When the Nashville Film Festival Screenplay Competition launched last year with twenty categories, it was practically unheard of. In NaFF Director Michael Wood‘s words, “We looked at other competitions and what they were doing. We wanted to combine the best ideas we could find and make sort of our own Frankenstein competition.“ And so...

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Breaking and Entering – Dealing With Rejection

They say love hurts, but rejection is soul crushing. Having your idea, your script, your passion project turned down is a unique kind of pain. It’s personal. This is your baby. And someone just said, “It’s ugly.” Ouch. I’ve probably written thousands of rejection letters over the course of my career; whether turning down...