In the past decade or so, movies have become enamored of backstory. Ray Morton explains the art of revealing backstory without excessive prologues or flashbacks.
Need help writing realistic dialogue? Paul Peditto describes an overheard dialogue exercise for screenwriting.
Brett Wean explains how the mistakes a character makes can help define him and clear a path to his becoming a hero.
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.