script tips

Script Gods Must Die: 10 Tips For The Unknown Screenwriter, Part 2

Read Script Gods Must Die: 10 Tips for the Unknown Screenwriter, Part 1 KILL THE PERFECTIONIST INSTINCT Examine your process—how you write the script. Let’s say you’ve outlined your script. You’ve blocked out time and are coming at it with good energy. You barricade yourself in with a copy of Baudelaire’s Flowers of Evil,...

Script Tip: Tragic Lovers

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! When entering the business side of screenwriting, it’s very important to have more than one script, and several additional ideas in a rough outline or treatment form. The reasons for this are that even if you write one great script, the subject matter may...

Script Tip: Are You Writing For Yourself?

A few years ago I was teaching my “How to Write a Screenplay in 10 Weeks” at NYU and I asked the class ‘how many of you would go see your movie?’ Out of 16 students not one raised their hand. When I asked why they were writing that particular screenplay they thought it...

Script Tip: Writing Concepts First

Here’s the Exercise: There are three steps to developing material concept first.  I always work with a timer set to 15 minutes and write by hand.  In each of the exercises below, allow yourself to go outside and beyond your story. Step 1.  Trace the source of your original inspiration for the idea.  How...