7 Ways to Master the Art of the Script Rewrite

Rewriting is a skill,  Ken Miyamoto offers 7 tips to develop your rewriting talents. 1. Preparation  This starts before you write one single word in your first draft. Preparation is key. You need know your concept, story, characters, themes, and tone before you begin typing. This is called development. How do you accomplish this? Do your homework. Read MoreRead More

Does Your Script Need a Rewrite?

Of course it does – writing is rewriting. Professional screenwriter Tom Benedek talks about a project he’s working on and his thoughts on rewriting: I just finished the first draft of a script that I have been talking about, thinking about, structuring, restructuring, doing research around for way too long. It is still a great Read MoreRead More

Excerpt from “Your Screenplay Sucks!: 100 Ways to Make it Great”

by William M. Akers I’ve been doing exactly what you do, writing, for a long, long time. I’ve taught and critiqued screenwriters for almost that long, and, lo and behold, I discovered that all beginning writers make the same mistakes. So I wrote a book, a checklist of stuff to do to your script before Read MoreRead More

Fudging the Page Count

Formatting tricks of the trade, to manipulate the all important page count. For the obsessive-compulsive screenwriter. Or is that redundant? …Any script with a page length over 125 is suspect. Over 130, and the script is, at best, an interim draft with “Lots more work to be done.” …Any slight advantage is worth gaining. Nothing Read MoreRead More

Screenwriting: Lean and Mean

Using Reverse Cause and Effect to Construct a Tight Script by Jeff Kitchen The work of the amateur screenwriter is often characterized by the Unnecessary. Dialogue and description are often overdone, scenes tend to be overwritten, acts are bloated, and so on. You may have entire scenes that are unnecessary, perhaps even a whole act Read MoreRead More

StoryWeaving – Avoiding the Genre Trap

by Melanie Anne Phillips A common misconception sees genre as a fixed list of dramatic requirements or a rigid structural template from which there can be no deviation. Writers laboring under these restrictions often find themselves boxed-in creatively. They become snared in the Genre Trap, cranking out stories that are indistinguishable from a whole crop Read MoreRead More

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