How Do You Find a Writing Partner? 10 KEY Tips for Writing Partnerships

Writing Partner

In ordinary discourse, the term partnership tends to be a simple synonym for cooperation. However, finding a writing partner refers more precisely to the mastery of creativity, talent, and experience …

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How Do You Write BRILLIANT and ALTERNATIVE Teen Drama?

Stranger Things - Teen Drama

Teen drama is one of the most enduring genres to have graced TV screens since its inception. We’ve all been teenagers at some point. And the heartbreak, emotions, journeys, discoveries, …

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How Do You Best Convey the Passage of Time in Your Screenplay?

Passage of Time Metropolis

It’s rare that you would find a script without any significant passage of time whatsoever. It’s often a vital part of how a script develops and keeps its audience engaged. …

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How Do You Write Highly Realistic Dialogue? The 10 KEY Steps…

The Master Realistic Dialogue

One of the biggest humps to get over when writing for film or television is dialogue. Even if you have a perfect story, outline, and characters, bad dialogue can bring …

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How to Effectively Weave Character Backstory into Your Screenplay

The Godfather Character Backstory

So, you made it through one of the hardest parts of writing a screenplay; you created your characters. From childhood trauma to adulthood adventures, you’ve fleshed out your entire character …

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The ESSENTIAL Ways to Craft a Brilliant TV Show Idea

Black Mirror TV Show Idea

Crafting a TV Show Idea How does one craft a brilliant TV show idea? First, it’s important to understand what exactly that means. Longevity of story is foremost what separates …

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How To Write an Active Protagonist (and Avoid a Passive Protagonist)

Licorice Pizza Active Protagonists

What is an Active Protagonist? An active protagonist is a main character who is not merely affected by the world around them, but affects that world too. Their actions, both …

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Writing Christmas Films & Navigating the Holidays: The ULTIMATE Guide

It's a Wonderful Life Christmas Films

When writing Christmas films there’s multiple sub-genres and elements to consider to make it the perfect holiday watch. It’s no secret that there are a range of elements to cover …

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The 10 ESSENTIAL Elements of a Historical Fiction Script

What is Historical Fiction? At face value, the definition of historical fiction is simple: a fictional story set against a real time period in the past. It is when we …

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Writing Dramatic Irony in Screenwriting: The Key Steps

Toy Story Writing Dramatic Irony

What is Dramatic Irony? Simply put, dramatic irony is a form of irony. It is both a literary and theatrical device used when the audience knows more than the characters. …

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What is a MacGuffin? The KEY Points and KEY Examples

Vincent with the briefcase

What is a MacGuffin? A MacGuffin is a type of plot device that is essential to driving the plot but not necessarily important within the story as a whole. Story …

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Sophisticated Plants and Payoffs: Vital Cogs in any Screenwriter’s Engine

Plant and Payoff Chris Get Out.

An essential principle not only to screenwriting but also the wider fundamentals of storytelling, plants and payoffs are one of the most effective ways of involving the audience and embedding …

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What is Five Act Structure and How Do Screenwriters Use It?

Introduction to the Five-Act Structure In this article, we’ll look into one of the most popular dramatic structures that screenwriters often utilise in order to create an exciting script: The …

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The Essential Elements of Writing a Fish Out of Water Story

Ted Lasso Fish Out of Water Story

What is a Fish Out of Water Story? A ‘fish out of water’ story is the idiom referring to a character who is removed from their daily lives and forced …

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How Do You Write Likeable Characters? ESSENTIAL Steps and Examples

Likeable characters are often at the heart of great TV and film. But what makes a likeable character? In this article, we’ll look at the keys to writing a likeable …

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What is Dan Harmon’s Story Circle? And How to Use It (with Examples)

Dan Harmon's Story Circle - Community

The art of telling a story is ultimately narrowed down to its basic structure. And Dan Harmon’s Story Circle is an example of one of many story structures. These different …

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The 13 Key Elements of a Slasher Movie with 10 Slasher Movie Examples

Jason Slasher Movie

The slasher movie sub-genre could be considered one of the most controversial sub-genres in cinema. With its stark violence, it’s often the subject of discussions around the effect of slasher …

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What Makes A Great Action And Adventure Movie Script?

Temple of Doom Action

The action and adventure movie genre is one that often sits at the top of the box office. It’s a genre that can have a wide reach across many different …

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How Do You Write a Query Letter? 10 Tips to Getting Your Script Read

Query Letters

It can be hard to figure out where to send your work or who to contact about possibly reading your writing. Your work could be something that’s already written. It …

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What is a Soliloquy? And Is There Space for Soliloquies in Screenwriting?

Taxi Driver Soliloquy

Most will remember Hamlet’s famous speech, the one example of a soliloquy that has been painfully etched into many students’ memories – “to be or not to be”. And conveniently …

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How Do You Write A Character Bio? The Road to GREAT Characterisation

Tony Soprano Character Bio

Character bios can be an essential part of writing your character. There is no story without a character, just as there is no character without a character bio. Every writer …

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How Do You Deal With Rejection? 10 ESSENTIAL Tips for Screenwriters

Deal with Rejection

Rejection is inevitable. To live is to face rejection. Whether it’s rejection from a potential employer, from friends or an unreciprocated love. Everyone has to deal with rejection of some sort. …

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How Do You Research a Screenplay? 10 Elements of Superb Screenplay Research

Screenplay Research

There is a lot of advice on the screenwriting process but screenplay research and the act of finding, gathering and implementing information into your writing is a little more shrouded in mystery. …

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