Screenwriter Blogs

Script Magazine has a wide variety of contributors, each specializing in a unique area of screenwriting. All of our screenwriting blogs are written by screenwriting experts whose advice comes from years of experience in the industry. Our list of contributors grows and changes as the needs of our readers change. Script Magazine has evolved from just a Hollywood voice to a global voice, with writers from L.A. to London, examining studio productions, web series, independent filmmaking and more.

Law and Order: Special Victims Unit

The Two Types of TV Stories

I used to lament the fact that so many network series focus on cops, lawyers, and/or doctors. I tried pitching and developing multiple series about other kinds of workplaces. I felt, like many aspiring television writers do, that there are many different kinds of job challenges that could make for compelling television. But in...

The time has come to plot the final point on this map and complete my trilogy.

Write, Direct, Repeat: Time to Make a Film!

There’s only so long you can talk before you need to get off your ass and do. And that’s where I find myself today, getting back on my filmmaking horse and heading out to make another film. When I made my first two short films, I made them back-to-back, just about as quickly as...

deadwriter

Legally Speaking, It Depends: Writer Legacy

We all die. Hopefully not for a long time, but, it happens. Dying causes all kinds of complications and gets in the way of all sorts of plans. For writers, there are extra concerns that, although you can’t do anything about them once you pass (at least as far as I know), if you...

food-chain

Behind the Lines with DR: The Hollywood Food Chain

An old pal—let’s call him Hal—once told me the story of his first cool Hollywood car. It was over margaritas, chips, and a big bowl of killer homemade guacamole. Mine, to be honest. The recipe is a secret and if I told you I’d have to kill you. But my pal’s super bitchin’ show-off...

screenwriting career

Writers on the Verge: Know Thy Screenwriting Career Path

While different writers do different things (some write for TV, others see things strictly in a feature format, some have great ideas come to them every day while others struggle to find an idea worthy of their excitement every 3 months), not every writer out there envisions the same future for themselves. While some...

Screenwriting Polygamy

Back to the Chalkboard: Screenwriting Polygamy

It’s a Sin! No manager or agent will represent you. No studio or producer will buy your script. You must build your brand and be consistent! You must not confuse the very smart, often Ivy League-educated people who run production companies, studios, and networks! You must either write alone or with a writing partner,...

concept

Breaking In: No Commercial Concept For Your Script? No Problem!

Most aspiring screenwriters hope to write a script that will make them more money than the combined box office takes of Avatar, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Hangover, and Godzilla.  So they come up with what they think is a sure-fire “high concept” (“catchy” and obviously commercial) idea, then write their spec script....