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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Writers’ Room 101: Tweet Responsibly, My Friends

True story: once upon a time, there was a television writer. Let’s call him “Joe.” Joe was gainfully employed by a TV series (yay!) that, unfortunately, had a showrunner who didn’t mind working ungodly-long hours from time to time (boo!). These things happen. You won’t always be home in time for dinner. You’ll have...

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Behind the Lines with DR: Residual Angst

Doug Richardson’s first produced feature was the sequel to Die Hard, Die Harder. Visit Doug’s site for more Hollywood war stories and information on his popular novels. Like so many things, this saga began with a phone call. This one came from a character actor pal. We’d worked on a couple of films together....

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Meet the Reader: Processing the Screenwriting Process

A while back I consulted for an eager new writer who sent me the first draft of his first screenplay and said he was eager to get my input so that he could make his script the best it could be. Happy to oblige, I read his work, which was really quite decent —...

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Writers On The Web: Staying Out of the Money Trap

It happens when you least expect it. You’re in the last days or weeks of production, everything’s going along swimmingly, and then… some things you never thought would be a problem start to go wrong. Before you know it, your leg is fully ensnared in what I call the Money Trap. (In his book, Rebel Without a...

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Writer’s Edge: Obsession as Motivation

Obsession is one of the strongest motivators in human interaction. It compels a character to forge ahead regardless of the consequences usually in a blind reckless manner that often results in the characters demise. There are parallels to the following two films regarding the same obsession. In “Moby Dick,” Captain Ahab has lost his...

So these movies might have the same title, but they're NOT the same. Yikes

Submissions Insanity: 10 Title Tips

So, in the last couple of weeks I’ve been wading through the submissions pile for London Screenwriters’ Festival which takes place at the end of this month. The scribes in question have been applying not only for the actors’ table reads (where, unsurprisingly, actors read out sequences from applicants’ screenplays, before giving the writers in question...

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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...