Show, don’t tell is one of the classic adages about writing. But what does it really mean? Ross Brown explains how what the character does defines them more powerfully than what they say.
What will elevate your concept above the randomness of coincidence is how you make that situation ironic. Phil Parker gives tips on tackling irony in your story concept long before the rewrite.
While audiences like to be surprised, they also have very definite preconceptions of a movie. Ray Morton gives tips for balancing audience expectations.
Bob Verini goes beyond screenwriting tips and tackles another aspect of the screenwriter’s “American Dream,” analyzing writing-award statistics to give you some hints that one day you, too, may be blessed by Oscar.
When sitting down to write a script, some aspiring screenwriters have an aversion to the actual writing part. Ray Morton explains how this aversion manifests on the page.
Stewart Farquhar opines how some “experienced” writers in our digital age either have never learned or have forgotten the function of dialogue. Learn how to write authentic, compelling dialogue.
Steven Spielberg’s luminous epic about mankind’s first meeting with extra-terrestrial life was a critical and financial smash. Ray Morton explains how, four decades later, the film remains notable for many reasons.
Figuring out how to create a compelling, entertaining, or meaningful story within a contained structure is a challenge every screenwriter should attempt.
Screenwriting advice can seem random, contradictory, even useless. Barri Evins gives guidance on which guidelines to listen to and those you should pretend you never heard.