Cutting scenes can be brutal for a screenwriter, but even more so when a studio orders it. John Buchanan explores why Hollywood cuts character-driven scenes.
When would a writer ever ask to undo writing credits and cross their name off their first paid writing gig? When an exec gets involved, that's when.
Tim Long discusses the importance of having an emotional core in your story.
Paul Peditto discusses collaboration and how disagreeing is sometimes a good thing.
We all want, need, crave validation. But when it comes to script coverage or a professional consult, expect some criticism. Be eager for it. In fact, be grateful. That’s where you’ll learn.
Stewart Farquhar continues his exploration of story structure and how to push aside formulaic rules and find an organic, more-compelling story.
Paul Peditto discusses a few of his least favorite things found in screenplays including parentheticals and adjectives.
What is the “first act”? It’s often referred to as the setup. Set up of what? Paul Joseph Gulino examines the first act of '10 Cloverfield Lane.'
Michael Lee answers the question what can screenwriters learn from video games and video game design? Are the industries really too different from one another?
Jason Buff challenges writers to reverse engineer screenplays. Formulas claim to make your screenplay flow better, but they can be the primary source of it's undoing.