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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.

What Can You Learn From Reading Classic Screenplays

Classic screenplays can teach you story structure, they can teach you technique, and they can help you draw conclusions about why certain aspects of story have gone out of fashion, why some remain, and why others should make a comeback.

What Shakespeare Tells Us About Remakes, Adaptations and Reboots

We usually think of Shakespeare as one of the most uniquely gifted writers of all time. But the truth is that very few of his stories are "original" in our sense of the word. In fact, only two of Shakespeare's thirty-eight plays have no known source. The rest were stolen -- that's right, stolen -- from specific, identifiable sources.

The 5 Types of “No” In Hollywood And What They Actually Mean

Let's face it: not everyone who reads your work is going to like it. Some songs make you want to get up and dance, and some don't. That's the nature of the beast. So let's go over a few of the common responses from Hollywood producers, agents and managers and think about what they mean for you and your work.

What Goes Where? How to format a screenplay.

So, why do you need to read up on formatting? It’s all taken care of, right, with all these new computer software programs to do the work for us? Well, not exactly. Here are five things you need to be considering when formatting your screenplay.

What is a screenplay?

What is a screenplay? Seems like a fairly easy question. Webster’s Dictionary defines a screenplay as “A script for a film including dialogue and descriptions of characters and sets.” Which is true. Except, of course, it's much more complicated than that.

5 Reasons It’s Time to Stop Hiding and Show Your Writing to the World

The only true way to know if you’ve earned the right to call yourself a “writer” is by doing something that almost every writer overlooks. Owning up to it. And to own your identity as a writer—a real writer—you’ve got to show someone your writing. Here are 5 reasons to start showing your work... now!

5 Script Contests Actually Worth Entering

Getting representation from an agent or manager in Hollywood is not easy. You have to find someone who believes in you and your work, and you need to believe that they are both capable and willing to sell your work. One of the better ways to get noticed is script contests. Here are the ones we think have the chops to get you into Hollywood.

How to write a successful screenplay: Five things to consider before you even begin

Before you start writing your next script, here are five important things to consider about Hollywood, the market and your writing style.

Southside with You: Writing the Unconventional Biopic

Not all biopics are the same. Some tell a long epic. Others give a slice of life. The new romance drama about the first date of Barack and Michelle Obama takes a look at one day.

Winning the Read: Five Tips to Make Your Story Shine Through

You know the story you want to write. You’ve learned the formatting rules for writing a screenplay. You’ve drafted and drafted and drafted. And, now you want to make sure that when your spec script gets read, everyone loves it. How does that ...

6 Ways To Network Better and Smarter

Many writers despise networking. Networking can produce serious anxiety in those who worry that they'll come off as awkward. Just as importantly: many of us don't have time to do the networking necessary to advance our careers -- many of us have responsibilities both at home and at our day jobs -- and what little free time we have, we'd like to spend writing. But since networking is crucial for your career, let's think of a few ways to take your networking game up a notch.
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