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Column D: Making the Sausage – The Screenwriting Process

In this post I want to talk to you about the screenwriting process. The actual nitty-gritty of writing the script. The sausage-making, if you will. For starters, I believe most beginning screenwriters tend to look at writing a script as a singular thing and when you look back after finishing it,...

Column D: Writing Dialogue -The Nose Knows

In this post I want to talk a bit about dialogue. Obviously, when it comes to screenwriting, the subject of dialogue requires a lot more than a 800-word blog tip. So that’s why I am specifically limiting today’s advice to re-writing and dialogue. First of all, when writing your first draft,...

Column D: Likeable Characters – Call the Pound

Over the years, I’ve heard a lot of advice about making your hero “likeable.”  A corollary of this is the old chestnut about getting the audience to “root for” your main character. This all has its origins in old Hollywood.  The legend has it that a writer was frustrated writing a...