breaking into screenwriting

Monday Morning Editor Picks: Screenwriting Contests

Screenwriters often ask me if screenwriting contests are truly a way to break into the industry. The more popular contests consist of submitting a feature-length script, but The Writers Store sponsored contests provide a much more unique way of getting noticed. I urge you to check them out! For tips on...

Write, Direct, Repeat: Get Set

Back in 2009, when I had just begun studying screenwriting, I went to a one-day workshop on the basics of filmmaking that was geared toward first-time directors. I wasn’t attending because I thought I could ever direct a film – that seemed like a mythical goal well out of my reach...

Hollywood: The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

All the parking on the Vegas strip is free. Downtown along Fremont Street in the old Las Vegas, with its storefront casinos such as The Golden Nugget, even in one-hundred-and-ten degree desert-summer heat the doors stand wide open. Casino owners want it to be super-easy for visitors to enter. Even a...

Ask the Expert: 3 Keys to Succeeding as a Writer

Last month, Dave’s article about how to fail as a writer got such a reaction he wanted to share more thoughts on success and failure… If you want to succeed as a writer, decide right now that you are going to move towards that goal. The following 3 keys will unlock...

Ask the Expert: How Do I Break in Outside of LA?

Question: “How do I break into screenwriting?” It’s the most often-asked question I get at classes and conferences around the country and from my clients. And honestly, I hate this question. There is no ONE answer. Everyone has a different “breaking in” story and everyone gets in a different way. And...