In the previous articles of this Homework series, Part 1 and Part 2, we touched on a few of the reasons spec scripts end up as “virtual garden mulch” or “recycled electrons.” I paraphrased a quote in Part 2 attributed to Linda Voorhees that addresses paring down your script during the re-write process. With...
By Danny Manus I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but there are THOUSANDS of articles on screenwriting out there, and 90% of them are just regurgitated bullshit said in a different, quippier, blunter or more motivational way. Most of them give totally contradictory facts and advice that make your head spin. Most of them...
There’s more opportunity out there for new scribes than just the fabled spec sale. In fact, writing assignments represent a more reliable path to a genuine livelihood. When most aspiring screenwriters imagine their successful against-all-odds assault on Hollywood, they think in terms of a big spec sale that changes their lives overnight. But there...
"Who ARE professional readers?" "If someone writes a good story with terrible dialogue, would that get rejected?" "What are the biggest mistakes made by amateur writers?" YOU ASKED. WE ANSWERED.
No matter how good you are, when you get to the professional world, you will be competing against thousands of people who are better. So, there is no "good" … there is no "good enough" … there's only the never-ending pursuit of being stronger. Start now.
There was a time when late-night shows accepted unsolicited jokes and packets. Those days are gone.
No one wants to hire the person who claims they'll be ready if they're offered an opportunity; employers want to hire the person who's ready NOW, already exuding competence and preparedness.
Los Angeles is full of thousands upon thousands of aspiring screenwriters desperate to prove they're talented, creative, and interesting any way they can … including via their business cards.
Study shows you most admire. Learn how those shows tell their stories, then use them as models when creating your own show.
In other industries, people apply for a job, get hired, then move to the new city to start their new gig. Not in Hollywood.