Recently, I talked about writing partners, but this time out, let’s get into writing solo. I prefer writing by myself these days. Here's how I do it.
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.
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 ...
The Most Productive Place to Write
E.B. White said, “A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.” Where’s the most productive place to write? Wherever you decide it is.
Used to, I could write anywhere. Diners, as a passenger in the car, the bathtub Trumbo-style, cabs, buses, planes, bars, and the various control ...
The Not So Perfect Screenplay Pitch
How's your screenplay pitch? Are you cool in the room? Ball of nerves?
Is there a perfect way to pitch your screenplay? Not that I’ve experienced. Depends on what I pitch, who I’m pitching to, and several other factors. My expertise has been bombing at pitching. Yep, I’m a bonafide pro at falling flat on my face in the room. And I’ll ...
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.
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...
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 you avoid the subject altogether? Are they necessary? When should they be used? At some point in ...
Fan Theories, Are they Useful or Annoying?
IRONIC WARNING: SPOILERS
Fan theories have probably been around since Shakespeare. I’m sure there was a guy in the front row of the very first run of Macbeth who bellowed, “The three witches are Lady Macbeth’s miscarriages!” and then smugly pushed up his glasses.
These days, fan theories are part of the fabric of pop culture and ...
TV Writers, It’s Good to Be Different
What scripts do you have socked away that felt too “out there” or different to commit to paper, finish, or submit? With so many outlets for stories that veer from the beaten path (shoutout to shows such as Twin Peaks and Northern Exposure for paving the way), it’s time to drag that idea out of hiding.
Different, strange, oddball, ...