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Five Myths of Being a Screenwriter

So, you want to be a screenwriter? Congratulations. Becoming a screenwriter is the most incredible, challenging, rewarding, disappointing, exciting, rollercoaster ride of self-discovery you’ll ever take. Here are 5 myths about the most mazing career in the world.

What Can You Learn From Reading Produced Screenplays

One bit of advice that writers are always given is: read, read, read. For screenwriters that advice is sometimes: watch, watch, watch. But only watching movies, and not reading scripts, can be a real mistake. Reading screenplays, particularly of movies you respect, can be an invaluable experience.

ScreenwritingU’s guide to writing horror scripts: 13 chilling subgenres

Halloween is upon us, so we thought it was a good time to take a closer look at the ever-evolving (and ever-lucrative) horror genre. Here's our guide to 13 horrific sub-genres.

If you write about horror, you need to know about The BloodList

You need to know about The Blood List, an annual survey of screenplays compiled of the best dark scripts that fit into the wide horror genre. We sat down with The Blood List creator, Kailey Marsh, to find out more.

5 Ways to Fight Overthinking and Submit that Script!

Have you ever hit a wall exactly at the moment when you should be feeling the most accomplished? Welcome to analysis paralysis, otherwise known as overthinking.

Should you rewrite for free?

Very often in exchange for an attachment, a producer will ask you to write changes to your script for free. And, if they bring on a director or an actor you’re doing it again. This can go very well…or it can go badly. Should you do it? Maybe. Here are five rules to help you decide.

Morgan: Screenwriter Seth W. Owen mashes up Frankenstein and current headlines in this sci-fi flick

Screenwriter Seth W. Owen is an American actor and writer who grew up in Canada, where he found success in both careers but came to Hollywood to cast his net in a bigger pond. Morgan became his breakthrough project, not only making it onto the 2014 Blacklist, but also catching the eye of director Luke Scott at Scott Free Productions.

The 5 Best Screenplay Adaptations From Novels

From the Pages of a Book: Five Successful Adaptations When I was in film school at UCLA, the head of our department, Richard Walter, gave a lecture in which he asked the question, “What does a screenwriter owe the original material?” Immedi...

Sausage Party: 7 ways the film adheres to Pixar rules then totally destroys them

Sausage Party is an R-rated animated film for adults that has a lot of fun turning the sacrosanct Pixar genre on its head. Then, slashing it with a knife. Then lighting it on fire, while throwing in some social commentary on the Israel/Palestine conflict. Yes, the movie does all those things and then some.

What Do People Mean By ‘Voice,’ Anyway?

Even if you've been writing for a long time, there's always room to hone your voice and see if you can amp up your originality and style. So let's take a look at a few writers and directors -- by no means an exhaustive list -- and see what we can glean about voice from their uniquely resonant work.

5 Types Of Heroes Everyone Loves

Writers rarely stop to categorize the many different variations of characters out there. But categories can be useful if you are at the conception stage and unsure which way to go, or stuck in the middle of draft and wondering what your hero ought to do next. Let's look at five types of classic heroes.

Who Decides How Old Is “Too Old” for a Screenwriter?

“My biggest fear is that I’m too old, if you want to know the truth,” she said. I was on the phone with a new client, it was our second session together, and we had begun digging into the deep ugly roots of her crippling self doubt and writer’s block. I wasn’t surprised that one of the first monsters to jump out of her closet was the fear of being too old.
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