The Best Writing Partner
Can you take feedback? Are you overly protective, stubborn, or what? Discover how you can pick the best writing partner to work well with your personality.
Five Ways To Make Your Characters More Relatable
“Relatable characters” are the holy grail of screenwriting. Producers want to see them on the page and audiences want to watch them on the screen. But what makes a character truly relatable?
As writers, we are often tempted to focus on plot to raise the emotional stakes. It's not just one man in trouble, it's the whole country -- or better ...
An Inconvenient Sequel’s Surprising Ally in Fighting Climate Change: YouTube
It’s hard to believe it’s been 11 years since the documentary An Inconvenient Truth became planet Earth’s biggest wakeup call ever to be put on celluloid. Now, the Emmy-nominated directors, Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk (The Rape of Europa, Audrie & Daisy), have joined forces with Al Gore to tackle the sequel.
All three filmmakers ...
7 Things Sam Shepard Taught Me About Writing
My lifelong obsession with Sam Shepard began in high school. I attended an arts school, where I studied acting, which really meant I spent most of my time reading plays. Checkov was good, Shakespeare was better, but nothing affected me like Sam Shepard. His dialogue came out of my mouth like molten lava.
His twisted, worn-down characters ...
When a Script Is Too Personal
Sometimes a script is too personal, at least this has been my experience. What I mean by that is you don’t always have to mine your life for the sake of your art. Why? Because sometimes, it’s just not necessary. I’m not saying this is a hard and fast rule. Let me explain.
I appreciate and respect writers who can bring their darkest ...
Five Writing Tips From Top Writers
Let’s showcase the methods of working screenwriters who are making television shows and movies now. If you’re going to study screenwriting, why not learn from the best?
8 thriller subgenres to explore when writing your blockbuster thriller
We love the excitement of a thriller. Its plot twists, mistaken identities, savage villains and high anxiety brought on by the element of suspense gets our blood racing. To help us relate to the protagonist (and up the terror), he is usually an “every man,” someone just like you or me, compelling us to coldly consider that the same ...