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TV Drama Structure: Why TV Is the Future, and How to Write for It

Screenwriting teacher and story coach John Truby explains why Television is the best game in town for writers and what special story requirement the medium requires. Every writer who dreams of working professionally in the worldwide entertainment business should be interested in writing for television. Why? The best writing in America is done on TV. Writers Read MoreRead More

Becoming a Professional Screenwriter – What’s Holding You Back?

Jeanne Veillette Bowerman talks about fear – what we all have and why it holds us back. I had a conversation recently with someone who was frustrated with a co-worker, complaining that after two years of training, she still needs his help far too much and resists setting up appointments with clients to close the Read MoreRead More

Writing and the Creative Life: Routine or Ritual?

Scott Myers explores the varied approach to creation in his interviews with professional working screenwriters. I am fascinated by creativity, in particular how creativity manifests itself in the wide variety of people I meet or learn about. That has been one of the more intriguing aspects of the many interviews with writers I’ve been fortunate Read MoreRead More

Raymond Chandler tells Alfred Hitchcock “Strangers on a Train” is a flabby mass of clichés

Alfred Hitchcock hired Oscar-nominated screenwriter Raymond Chandler to adapt Patricia Highsmith’s novel Strangers on a Train in 1950. From the start Hitchcock and Chandler didn’t get along and fought over the direction of the script. Chandler seemed to have gone out of his way to behave disagreeably to Hitchcock. When Hitch arrived at Chandler’s home Read MoreRead More

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Lolita?

Documentary following writer and broadcaster Stephen Smith on the trail of Vladimir Nabokov, the elusive man behind the controversial novel and 1962 film, Lolita. The journey takes him from the shores of Lake Geneva to Nabokov’s childhood haunts in the Russian countryside south of St Petersburg to the streets of New York City and a Read MoreRead More

A Rewriting How-To

Julie Gray offers some tips about how to approach the rewrite of your script. Whether you are writing a script, novel, essay, short fiction or non-fiction book, you know that really, there are four parts of writing: 1) Thinking about writing, jotting down notes, getting inspired. 2) Actually writing. 3) Procrastinating about writing. 4) Editing and rewriting. Read MoreRead More

So… Apparent M. Night Shyamalan Ghost-Wrote “She’s All That”

So… apparently the name most commonly associated with third act plot twists was also responsible for 1999 teen rom-com She’s All That. After cinematic atrocities like The Village, The Happening, and The Last Airbender, writer-director M. Night Shyamalan became such a joke to the degree that his name on the trailer for Devil–for which he earned a story credit—got laughs Read MoreRead More

Comparing the Opening Scene of “Saving Private Ryan” to the Original Script

Scott Myers compares  Robert Rodat’s first few pages of script to Steven Spielberg’s finished film version: * Rodat uses some of the secondary slugs simply to identify a location (e.g., OFFSHORE, THE CLIFFS) or a character (e.g., A FIGURE, MILLER), but other times he conveys action within the slug itself: A DIRECT HIT ON A NEARBY LANDING Read MoreRead More

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