Sammy Montana discusses three query letter mistakes that ruin a screenwriter's chance of getting their script requested by a Hollywood executive.
In part 4 in her series, Sitcom Success: The Perfect Pilot in 30 Days, Marilyn Horowitz recommends using the Five W's to flesh out your story.
Tim Long explores the narrative significance of an opening scene, sharing clips from films to demonstrate the power of a great start to a story.
Tim Long discusses the pitfalls of putting plot before character.
Tim Long discusses the importance of having an emotional core in your story.
Paul Chitlik, professional screenwriter and author on the subject, fields a question about writing effective description in your screenplay.
Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! Loglines: they’re tricky lil’ b******s. Whether writing loglines on paper or pitching them out loud in person, scribes have a horrible habit of totally BLOWING IT when it comes to encapsulating their story and hooking their pitchee’s interest. Yet this is the very definition...
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...
Script editor Lucy V Hay examines how scene description too often kills screenplays' chances in the submissions pile & what writers can do about it.
Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! Every executive will tell you that in order to grab their attention in a pitch or a script, you need to have a great original hook. Your hook is that special THING that defines what the new, original and commercial angle is on your...