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10 Reasons Your Screenplay Sucks (and how to fix it)

Karina Wilson explains 10 major reasons why your script just isn’t good enough Despite the hundreds of seminars, books and DVDs Field (along with McKee, Knopf, Voegler, Seger, Truby, Snyder et al) has contributed to teaching the science of screenwriting over the past four decades, it’s still a form that very few people manage to Read MoreRead More

The Psychology of Cryptomnesia: How We Unconsciously Plagiarize Existing Ideas

Maria Papova covers cognitive psychologist Ronald T. Kellogg’s theory on writing and originality. “Any experience the writer has ever suffered,”William Faulkner told a university audience in 1958, “is going to influence what he does, and that is not only what he’s read, but the music he’s heard, the pictures he’s seen.” This notion — that “our” ideas are the combinatorial product Read MoreRead More

8 Creative Writing Tips from Kurt Vonnegut

Here are eight quick tips from Kurt Vonnegut to better writing. Kurt Vonnegut’s stories and prose are so memorably witty. If you haven’t read such classics as Cat’s Cradle, Breakfast Of Champions, and Slaughterhouse Five, you have pleasant surprises awaiting you! And his advice on writing is just as memorable as his stories. Here are Read MoreRead More

WOODY ALLEN ON WRITING: 5 Quotes from the Prolific Screenwriter

Ty Budde collects 5 quotes from Woody Allen on the subject of writing from writing from the subconscious to stealing. 1. On writing from the subconscious: “What people who don’t write don’t understand is that they think you make up the line consciously — but you don’t. It proceeds from your unconscious. So it’s the Read MoreRead More

Is Dialogue Really That Important?

Cameron Cubbison examines the importance of dialogue and what constitutes good dialogue. Norma Desmond may not have thought that dialogue was all that important…lovably bitter wretch that she was…but she was wrong. Dialogue is one of the absolute most important elements in a screenplay, for myriad reasons. I would imagine most writers know this without Read MoreRead More

On Stephen King’s MISERY And The Art Of Suffering

King’s novel is a horrific love letter to writing and the necessity of enduring pain There’s that that wise old adage, “Write what you know,” yet there’s another, less spoken of piece of writerly wisdom – one that we don’t like to acknowledge because it’s simply too honest: writing is pain. Not that the act Read MoreRead More

The Edit: The Writer’s Most Unkindest Cut of All

  Kevin Delin explains that although a movie cannot exist without first being the product of a writer’s imagination and pen, the editor really makes the final decision. But somewhere after all that effort, from all those people, with all that experience, the script is finally done; no more rewrites. And therefore you might believe Read MoreRead More

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