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Screenwriting Careers: The Biggest Tragedy of All

Why are some writers able to achieve careers while most aren’t? After three decades of research into what separates those who are able to achieve creative success from those who aren’t, Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck believes the answer is rooted in a person’s mindset. According to Dweck, those who believe they were born with...

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Meet the Reader: What Makes a Good Screenwriter?

I was talking with a writer friend lately about what qualities a person needed to have in order to be a good screenwriter and this is what we came up with: 1. You have to love movies: You’d think that would be a given, but it never fails to amaze me how many people...

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Meet the Reader: Deck Chairs

A while back, I received a rewrite of a script by an aspiring screenwriter that I have been working with for a while now. The first draft was based on a very cool idea and had some terrific elements in it with an enormous amount of potential, but the overall piece had some tremendous...