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 ...
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 ...
Six Types of Characters Audiences Love
Indiana Jones. Hannibal Lecter. Seinfeld. Rocky Balboa. Walter White. These memorable characters are dynamic, puzzling, funny, terrifying, and inspiring by turn. Audiences crave characters that transport them to new worlds. They want characters who ...
Making a Passive Protagonist Work in A Ghost Story
A Ghost Story, written and directed by David Lowery, (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Pete’s Dragon) is one of the most bizarre yet beautiful films I’ve seen in a long time. It’s both clever and frustrating, both emotionally consuming and ...
My Cousin Rachel: How a Writer Sustains a Mystery
Everyone loves a good mystery. And My Cousin Rachel is just that – mysterious from the beginning to the end in the most delicious way. But keeping an audience in suspense for two hours is no easy task. Just ask writer/director Roger Michell. For him, it was all about character.
How grieving a father’s death became a horror script
Shults says that when he was writing the film, he had no idea where all the dark thoughts were coming from. “But now, after talking about it so much and psychoanalyzing it, I think I understand where it all came from. It’s weird.”
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 ...