John Truby

Syd Field: A Historical Perspective

by Dr. Linda Seger The Great American Dream used to be the aspiration to write the Great American Novel, not the Great American Screenplay. A few novelists and playwrights wended their way to Hollywood to write screenplays, often with disastrous results and unhappy lives, feeling constrained by the form and the...

Monday Morning Editor Picks: TV Writing Products

As someone who lives with only one movie theatre nearby, I’ve enjoyed discovering great TV dramas to keep me entertained. With the winter around the corner, I’m filling up my DVR with ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Mad Men’ reruns. But instead of just watching TV, why not try to write a show?...

Hit Movies in 2012 Show Why It’s All About Learning Genres

For years I’ve been making the case that the key to becoming a professional screenwriter is to follow the first rule of Hollywood: it buys and sells genres. If you don’t know what Hollywood is buying you have no chance of selling them your script. Genres are different kinds of stories,...