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.

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ScriptMag Archives: Speed Pitching – How to Pitch at a Pitchfest

Editor’s Note: From Script Magazine archives, previously published in our print magazine. HOW TO PITCH AT A FESTIVAL A guide to speed pitching in a loud and distracting environment. A standard activity at festivals now is to offer sessions where filmmakers and screenwriters can pitch industry executives, development people and financiers. The grandfather of...

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A Writer’s Voice: What is Meditative Writing?

Getting to the heart of your character’s voice is one of the most challenging tasks for any writer. Today I’m going to have a guest lecturer, Jessica Hinds, on my podcast, describing a new approach to getting your best work on the page called Meditative Writing. Meditative Writing is a way of getting past...

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TV Pilots: Table Reading Johnny T. Silver’s ‘Driven’

Good music, Grey Goose, celebrity sightings. These are normal occurrences to anyone spending an evening at The Parlor on Melrose Avenue. But Wednesday evening wasn’t just a typical night of socializing. The Hollywood hot spot became a venue for, of all things — a table read. Writer and director Johnny T. Silver, presented his...

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Breaking In: Abraham Lincoln, Verbosity Hunter

Abraham Lincoln was a great writer and public speaker– and a master of brevity.  His entire Gettysburg Address was just 272 words.  A tall man, he knew just how long or short anything should be.  Once, while riding in a stagecoach, Abraham Lincoln was asked by one of his fellow passengers how long a man’s...

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Stories Without Borders: Why You Should Reconsider Screenwriting

Screenwriting is one of the most challenging, fun, difficult and wonderful forms of writing. To write cinematically and kinetically and to imagine your story on the big screen is intoxicating. But screenwriting can also limit your creative expression and fence your stories in. I have worked with screenwriters for over a decade now and...

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Advanced Scene Writing Q&A with Jim Mercurio

ScriptMag sat down with Jim Mercurio, who is finishing up the first-ever screenwriting book that focuses solely on scene writing. Jim Mercurio Q: How is writing scenes different from working on story structure? Jim Mercurio: In some ways, they are the same. In a scene, there needs to be an organic build up to...

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Writers’ Room 101: Pitching Tips

In the last post, I gave you a general overview of what pitching in the room is like. Hopefully, the information wasn’t too overwhelming. If it was…don’t panic! I’ve got some specific pitching tips that’ll make it all make sense. Pitch Solutions, Not Problems This is an expression you’ll hear a lot, and it’s...