When it comes to screenwriting, what’s going on right now in the industry is just an exaggerated version of what’s always been true when it comes to selling a script and making a career out of it. I’m not telling you anything new when I say the best chance you have...
Becoming a professional screenwriter is becoming harder by the minute. Here is a full-fledged, four-part method to get ahead of the competition and leave your competition in the dust -- The WISE Method.
Ever wonder about the best balance between dialogue and action lines? Ever wonder why it's important and how to write the most effective action lines? Well then, step right up my friend. The water's warm.
When Travis Beacham (Clash of the Titans, Pacific Rim) was just an aspiring writer, he and I had a conversation that will stick with me forever. He said to me “there’s no such thing as an original story – to approach writing a new script thinking you’re going to write a...
After my column on query letters, I had a very fruitful exchange with a represented writer that ended up being chock full of tips that I think you guys will find useful.
Many times, how we name, describe, or write about our characters can mean the difference between looking like a pro, and looking like an amateur. We need to consider how our characters' stories are told, and whether they need to be told in film form at all.
Aspiring writers focus so much on finishing the screenplay and trying to get it read that sometimes they aren't prepared for their once-in-a-lifetime golden opportunity when it finally comes. Arm yourselves with this knowledge, and you'll be well on your way when the time comes.
Three of the attributes of a studio-level writer is knowing how and when to use transitions, when to enter and leave a scene, and understanding the proper balance of white space on the page. Set yourself apart by using these simple tricks today.
A reader asks "Will producers steal my great idea?". The answer may surprise you.
A reader asks "I wrote a video game adaptation. How do I get the rights so I can sell the script?". If you ever wanted to know the real lowdown on adaptations, read this article