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Advanced Scene Writing Q&A with Jim Mercurio

ScriptMag sat down with Jim Mercurio, who is finishing up the first-ever screenwriting book that focuses solely on scene writing. Jim Mercurio Q: How is writing scenes different from working on story structure? Jim Mercurio: In some ways, they are the same. In a scene, there needs to be an organic...

Writing Dialogue: Beats of the Dead Horse

Get Jim Mercurio’s webinar on Advanced Scene Writing: Breaking the Rules with Style on demand. When I dove into a theoretical approach to teaching and writing dialogue, I was pleasantly surprised that although writing dialogue seems in some ways contrary to structure, the way to improve it is often through the...

Monday Morning Editor’s Picks: Screenwriting Classes

In my recent Balls of Steel articles on getting screenwriting mentors, I speak of the importance of honing your craft to prove you are worthy of a professional screenwriters time and support. Since most of us live outside of L.A., what better way to learn than online? Here are some classes...