breaking in

Notes from the Margins: A Writer’s Greatest Enemy

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! Much like an innocent, wide-eyed gazelle prancing along the African plains, the amateur writer has many natural enemies lurking, waiting to pounce.  But I bet you don’t know what their greatest natural enemy is. It’s not the cold-hearted agent, not the...

Breaking In: Are Screenwriters “Born This Way”?

I’ve evaluated thousands of scripts for writers, film producers, and contests over the years.  Occasionally, after reading a screenplay, I say to myself, “Now, there’s a born screenwriter.”  The writer may be a little “green.” He might make some rookie mistakes, such as not knowing how to show the passage of...

Balls of Steel: Skin That Spec

Meet Julie Keck and Jessica King, the dynamic writing duo of King is a Fink. These ladies write, direct, edit, act, and mix it up like vixens in the kitchen. Through networking, crowdfunding, and good, old-fashioned perseverance, they've become a formidable presence in the industry, and role models for aspiring writers.

What Makes a Good TV Series Premise?

In Emmy winner Erik Bork’s work pitching series ideas and writing pilots (and on good days, selling them to networks such as NBC and Fox), he’s learned a few things about what they're looking for, and what makes an idea sellable - as well as what a successful pilot script tends...