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Breaking In: Abraham Lincoln, Verbosity Hunter

Abraham Lincoln was a great writer and public speaker– and a master of brevity.  His entire Gettysburg Address was just 272 words.  A tall man, he knew just how long or short anything should be.  Once, while riding in a stagecoach, Abraham Lincoln was asked by one of his fellow passengers how long a man’s...

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Submissions Insanity # 6: Writing Rules – The Least You Can Do

Following on from last month’s post about swearing, I thought I’d bring up yet more dirty words: Spelling, grammar and punctuation. Yes, yes, booooooooring: Fingers in ears, LA LA LA LA, talk to the hand, etc. Finished? Right. Let’s get down to business. It comes down to this: You’re a writer. You should be able...

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Submissions Insanity #4: Screenwriting Contests

By Lucy V. Hay So last month I was reading screenplay submissions for the Actors’ Read Through at London Screenwriters’ Festival in October. Delegates were asked to submit a short excerpt of their script for actors to read at the event, so writers might hear how their words on the page actually sound. I...

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Why Spec Scripts Fail: No Backstory thru Subtext, Part 1

Welcome to the first in a series of articles where we will explore (from a Senior Analyst’s perspective) why 99.95% of spec scripts fail. Today, please travel with me as we journey together to illustrate a point. When you read to the end and of this article and complete the assignment I guarantee a...

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Just Effing Ask Julie Gray: Action Lines – Less is More

Script consultant Julie Gray is a veteran story analyst of some of the biggest production companies in Hollywood. The author of Just Effing Entertain Me: A Screenwriter’s Atlas, Julie has taught story at Warner Bros. Studios, The Great American PitchFest and Oxford University. Contact Julie here. If you have a question you would like...