I know writers love to know the “rules” and “formulas” and “principles” of writing, but truthfully, there are no great truths about writing. A great writer knows the pitfalls and takes a concept and creatively considers the most compelling way to tell that story—structure be damned.
Nothing should be placed in the script unless it has some kind of meaning, somehow furthering the characters or the story. David Landau explains how to use a set-up and payoff to elevate your audience's experience.
One of the best ways to learn story structure is to analyze successful films. Salva Rubio beats out the film, "Lost in Translation" in his new book 'Save the Cat Goes to the Indies.'
Outlining for depth and meaning, not just to create beats, enables you to understand your story and create a foundation for your successful Dream Script.
The road to network writing programs starts with a strong spec script. Here are pointers from Tawnya Bhattacharya to help you choose the right spec.
A story that grabs readers' attention must have a striking beginning and great plot. Paula Landry examines story through the lens of the movie, ELF, starring Will Farrell.
Paul Peditto discusses the Linus Blanket as part of Structure and outlining in the screenwriting process.
Cheryl Laughlin talks with Hush Money's Terrell Lamont about the ins and outs of screenwriting for microbudget films and how to make every scene work double time.
Michael Giampa delves into the trials and tribulations of a struggling screenwriter, and explains the valuable lessons learned that can prepare someone for a career in the industry.
When you come up with an idea, you have to decide on the best person/character through whom to tell the story. Click here to read more...