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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Column D: More Sausage – The Screenwriting Process, Part 2

In my previous post, I wrote about the three stages of screenwriting. In this one, I want to focus on the third of those stages – namely, re-writing. I think that for most screenwriters, this is probably an individual thing. I’m not certain that it’s something that can even be taught. The best I...

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Specs & The City: The Shadow Archetype and ‘Inception’

The second most important character in any story (and sometimes even THE most important) is the antagonist, or in terms of archetypes, the Shadow.  And while this character is often referred to as the villain, it’s important to remember that they aren’t necessarily a bad person. They’re simply the person, or force, whose goals...

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Script Angel: The Value of Discussing Your Script Notes

We know that script notes are a valuable part of the script development process and it can come in very different forms depending on who those notes are coming from. So should those notes on your script be written, verbal or both? 1) Verbal script notes: If you’ve been commissioned to write a script or have had...

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Writing Wrap Up: China Here Now!

We writers often live in our heads, and today I’m urging us collectively to be here, now, right in the present. Philosophy and religion have tons of literature about this subject, but I have learned from years of writing and working with scribes and entrepreneurs that to accomplish something, it is extremely helpful to...

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Meet the Reader: ‘Bio Tricks’ for Writing Biopics

I’m reading for a screenwriting competition right now, which means I’m reading a lot of biopics – screenplays that tell the life stories of famous or significant people. Up-and-coming screenwriters love to pen biopics. It’s not hard to understand why – at first glance, the experiences of important or glamorous folks would seem to...

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Writer’s Edge: New Structure For Sitcoms

In the 1950′s, 1960′s, and 1970′s, the structure for sitcoms was one single plot line from the beginning to the end of the episode. An example would be a wife tries to keep the dent she put in the fender of the family car, a secret from her husband. Starting in the 1990′s, sitcom...