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Why Spec Scripts Fail: Ignorance vs. Arrogance

Stewart Farquhar holds Screenwriting and Advanced Screenwriting certificates from the Professional Program at The UCLA School of Theatre Film and Television. Stewart has analyzed over 4,000 scripts for private and studio clients. “Knowledge makes people humble. Arrogance makes people ignorant.” I wish I knew the correct author of that thought. The desire to write a successful spec...

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Why Spec Scripts Fail: Failure to Do Your Homework – Part 5

Together we explored some aspects of screenwriting homework and how the failure to apply yourself to its completion is a reason why many spec scripts fail. It’s important to understand that these should be considered less as rules and more as filters that an overworked, underpaid and, in some environments, highly stressed reader uses...

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Stories Without Borders: Why You Should Reconsider Screenwriting

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. Screenwriting is one of the most challenging, fun,...

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Why Spec Scripts Fail: Failure To Do Your Homework, Part 4

In our previous homework discussions, Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3, several reasons spec scripts fail may have seemed obvious or simplistic to some readers… As obvious as looking both ways before you cross the street. Or as basic as not falling prey to “TEXTAHOLISM” while you hold up traffic at a stop...

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Writers’ Room 101: The Introduction

Welcome to Writers’ Room 101! This is the first in what I hope will be a long series of blog posts that aims to be both informative and interesting. But before I formally kick off this column, I thought it might be useful to explain just what it’s all about…and what it’s not going...

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Wendy’s LA4HIRE: Best Screenwriting Tips for Great Dialogue

Wendy Kram is a producer and the owner of LA FOR HIRE, a consulting company for screenwriters, filmmakers and production companies needing script development to sell and produce their projects. Follow Wendy on Twitter @wendyla4hire. Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! As a producer and script consultant who reads hundreds...

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Inner Drives: What’s My Character Motivation? “Raising the Dragon – Mythic Character Arcs”

[Based on Pamela’s book for screenwriters, directors, actors, and designers Inner Drives: Create Characters Using the 8 Centers of Motivation (chakras) published by Michael Wiese Productions and available at The Writers Store.]  ***** Every protagonist and some antagonists need to go on a journey, to have a Character Arc. This is one of the...