how to succeed as a screenwriter

Business of Screenwriting: I Don’t Believe in Fate

By Michele Wallerstein I’ve been listening to writers complain about being a writer for about a million years now.  As an agent I heard how bad their producers were, how little work there was, how cheap the studios were and how stupid the buyers were that didn’t buy their scripts.  I...

Meet Richard Botto: Staying in the Game

After twenty-five years of writing screenplays, always while working two jobs, an Ohio woman decides that she has had enough.  Along the way, there have been nibbles here – producers who have taken a shine to a particular script, free options, partial financing – and bites there – mangers and agents...

Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters: Be Collaborative

Your mind is like a parachute. It only works when it’s open. —ANONYMOUS In no other form of writing is collaboration as important as in screen- writing. It’s so engrained in the way scripts become movies that without this attitude, no screenwriter, unless he’s a genius, can become successful. Once you...

Habits of Successful Screenwriters: Be Creative and Original

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. — Marcel Proust Creativity is an essential skill for the professional writer, especially in screenwriting. Too many aspiring writers don’t understand its importance. Ideas are king in Hollywood. Anyone who has read hundreds of scripts...