Screenwriting How-To Articles

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Writers’ Room 101: Don’t Get Married

So there’s this thing that happens to just about every TV writer at some point: we fall in love and get married. If it hasn’t happened to you yet, trust me. It will. There’s no getting around it. In fact, especially early in your writing career, it’ll probably happen more than once. But I’m...

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Behind the Lines with DR: Only in L.A.

Much of working in showbiz is about living and existing in showbiz. Or amongst it without allowing its corrupting essence to sink beyond one’s initial layer of skin. And believe me when I say there’s no SPF rated lotion that can fully defend anybody from the blitzkrieg of Hollywood’s lights. Now, despite having been...

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Short Circuit: Stop Chasing Your Screenwriting Dream!

Years ago, I had an agent and spent a lot of time “chasing” a screenwriting career, and I never got anywhere. Today, I no longer have an agent, don’t live in L.A., am writing to please myself… and the work just kind of magically appears… not that I am buying my own private island or anything yet...

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Writers on the Web: Interview with Creator of Hit Web Series Wallflowers

Writer/Director Kieran Turner is no stranger to successfully producing his own work. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, he wrote, directed, and produced the acclaimed documentary Jobriath, A.D., which played in over 50 festivals worldwide and was released theatrically earlier this year. His first feature film, 24 Nights, played at over 60...

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Why Spec Scripts Fail: Failure to Do Your Homework – Part 5

Together we explored some aspects of screenwriting homework and how the failure to apply yourself to its completion is a reason why many spec scripts fail. It’s important to understand that these should be considered less as rules and more as filters that an overworked, underpaid and, in some environments, highly stressed reader uses...