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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Dream Career Toolkit: What Win/Win Really Means

I remember my surprise the first time I heard the phrase win/win.  I don’t remember where I was, but I do remember the feeling of shock I had at the idea that both participants could be winners at the same time. I was raised in a very athletic household.  Lots of sports.  Lots of...

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The 2014 Hit List Announced

The 2014 Hit List has been announced. Our congratulations to all who have been included! Q: What is The Hit List? A: The Hit List exists to identify and celebrate the best spec scripts of the year. By focusing exclusively on specs, which are written speculatively, and without pay, the Tracking Board aims to...

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The Readability Factor

Dave Trottier is a produced screenwriter, award-winning teacher, acclaimed script consultant, author of The Screenwriter’s Bible , and friendly host of keepwriting.com. When you sit down and write a script, who is your audience? Is it the eventual producer? Is it the actors and director? How about the set decorator and cinematographer? Who are...

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Notes from the Margins: Romance Isn’t Dead…It’s Just Different

Here’s a scary thought – 40 years from now, the story many grandparents will be telling their grandkids about how they met and fell in love will include the words “fuckbuddies,” “Tinder,” and “emoji.” Not exactly Bogey and Bacall, is it? And I believe this newfound way of finding love, romance or sexual satisfaction...

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12 Days of Deals at The Writers Store

The Writers Store is bringing on the Ho, Ho, Ho and offering 12 Days of Deals to help you fill your writer’s holiday stocking! Each day will offer an exclusive deal good for ONLY that day! Here’s a full schedule so you can get your plan in place: Monday, December 8th, Day 1: 20%...

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Meet the Reader: Exposition Gone Bad

Ray Morton is a writer, senior contributor to Script Magazine and script consultant. His new book A Quick Guide to Screenwriting is now available online and in bookstores. Follow Ray on Twitter: @raymorton1 Exposition is the vital information an audience needs to have in order to understand a movie’s story – the protagonist’s tragic...

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Writer’s Edge: Brainstorming Technique – Unintended Consequences

This brainstorming technique is most often found in the science fiction or adventure genre. It consists of a set up, then something goes terribly wrong and the characters have to deal with the resulting unintended consequences and aftermath. In the film The Fly, Jeff Goldblum is a scientist doing mutation experiments on himself. During...