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How to Know If Your Script Doesn’t Suck

Maybe we never really know if our screenplay is excellent. It’s a subjective process. But one thing you should make sure of before you send your work out into the world… don’t suck. There’s a lot of road between a good script and terrible one.

How to write fairytale princesses that are truly empowered (and the mistakes Disney made with Beauty and the Beast)

Walt Disney didn't invent the fairy tale, but he sure brought it into popular culture by turning these morality tales that teach children help teach them how to behave in the world into films. But as science and technology progresses, so does our collective sense of morality. How does that change the modern fairy tale...?

Networking and the Power of the Smaller Pond

There’s no one way to get yourself and your work out there. This book’s author says their way is the only way. Another contradicts that dude’s advice. Some swear that you must have an agent to even think about putting your stuff in front of a producer or a big name because… lawyers. Others will tell you that’s a load of bunk. So what’s the answer? We have a few for you right here...

You Can Produce a Staged Reading of Your Screenplay – Here’s How

What's the toughest part about trying to make it in Hollywood? Convincing someone to read your screenplay. But what if you didn't have to convince anyone and they didn't have to do any reading...? Sounds like the perfect scenario. It's called a "staged reading," and it's growing in popularity as new channels of script discovery continue to open up amid the surplus of spec scripts on the market.

Wails from the Script, How Do You write Sex Scenes?

WARNING: Content contains links to NSFW material With Valentine's Day on the horizon and Fifty Shades Darker in theaters this weekend, we decided to ask ourselves a few delicate questions... How do you approach sex scenes in your writing? Do ...

5 Best Ways to Network for Introvert Writers

When you say the word “networking” to introverts the first thing they tend to do is cringe. Networking brings to mind impersonal business events where salesman-type guys in anonymous suits aggressively pass out their cards and collect as ...

Our 5 favorite YouTube bits on comedy writing.

One of the best ways to hone your craft is to look at the work of experts. Here is a round up of our favorite YouTube bits on how to write standup, TV, films, sketch and everything in between.

5 Ways to Rehab a Stale Script

For writers who are ready to try some radical revision, these are a few trade-tested ideas to get the plot moving again.

How to collaborate using Final Draft 10

The newest thing in screenwriting software is collaboration. That means you can write a few lines of dialog or a quick little scene and your writing partner can watch you and even join in. Doesn’t matter if you’re in the same city or on the other side of the country, this technology makes it easier than ever to collaborate – a fundamental in the film industry.

Five Great Holiday Films and How to Copy Them

Holiday films are the hallmark of American cinema and that means they are a genre worth analyzing and ... if you can, lifting a few story points as well.

How to Write an Entrance (and Sometimes an Exit) in Your Screenplay

One of the best strategies to get a script sold is to tailor it for a bankable actor. That means you have to make sure your main characters grab attention from their entrance to their exit. ScreenwritingU shows you how to do it.

5 Super Useful Ways to Name Characters in Your Screenplay

What “sounds” good on paper might sound different when spoken in dialog. But ultimately, your job as a writer is to translate that story onto the page. So, let’s start with five ways to choose great character names for the best read.
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