Truly Understanding Story Structure: The Vital Steps

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Understanding Story Structure: The Essential Steps Story structure. It’s easy to take it for granted. It’s easy to think it unimportant in a world where structure is constantly being played …

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49 Fixable Reasons A Screenplay Reader Passed On Your Project

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49 Fixable Reasons A Screenplay Reader Passed On Your Project Every writer has experienced that moment of wanting to throw the towel in after getting rejected. However, it’s important not …

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How to Write an Awesome Beat Sheet for Your Screenplay

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Why a Beat Sheet is Important to Your Screenplay Whilst inspiration can strike at any minute and writing can be incredibly spontaneous business, screenwriting is usually smoothest when you’ve got …

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What Are The Must-Know Keys to Writing Great Character Descriptions?

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The Must-Know Keys to Writing Great Character Descriptions   Great character descriptions are what help ease the reader into your great characterization. They’re the entrée, if you will, to the …

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Writing the Perfect Controlling Idea for Film and TV: The ULTIMATE Guide

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Writing the Perfect Controlling Idea for Film and TV: The Ultimate Guide   A controlling idea is a foundation. Writing a screenplay is a lot like building a house. It …

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15 Examples of Bad Writing in Really GOOD Movies and Shows

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If you pay even a sliver of attention to people’s critiques of TV and film, then you understand that great screenwriting isn’t necessarily a given, even for shows and movies …

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How to Write a Great Biopic: Pitfalls Screenwriters Should Avoid

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How to Write a Biopic: Pitfalls Screenwriters Should Avoid   From BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY to JUDY, the biopic is a seriously popular modern movie genre. But having such a concrete story …

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Save the Cat! Analysis Series: MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING (2002)

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One of the world’s most popular screenwriting books, Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat has brought clarity and a sense of direction to thousands of screenwriters, many of whom were looking for the logical …

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Your First Draft : 9 Essential Steps to Getting it Right

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Your First Draft : 9 Essential Steps to Getting it Right   It might not be what you want to hear after months, maybe years, of painstaking screenwriting work. But …

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201 Character Archetypes Writers MUST Have In Their Armoury

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201 Character Archetypes Writers MUST Have in Their Armoury   Every screenwriter knows that writing a great screenplay takes more than just a good plot or good world building. It …

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50 Hollywood Screenwriters Reveal Their Writing Process

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What’s Your Personal Writing Process? In screenwriting, sometimes the biggest challenge is discovering the most effective writing process That Works For You. For example, each and every writer has a …

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How to Definitively Nail Your Movie Theme – The ULTIMATE Guide

How to Nail Your Movie Theme: What is Your Screenplay Actually About?   What is your screenplay about? What is your movie’s theme? These may seem like obvious questions. But …

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Thriller vs Horror – Why The Subtle Differences Can Save Your Script

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Thriller vs Horror – What Are the Critical Differences?   In terms of movie genres, Thriller and Horror are often mistakenly confused, or even lumped in together. The truth is, …

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Crafting Ideas for Great Movie Titles: Your 5-Step Guide

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Crafting Ideas for Great Movie Titles: Your 5-Step Guide   It is often argued that the first 5 pages of your script will make or break your chances in screenwriting …

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Save the Cat! Analysis Series: SUPERBAD (2007)

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One of the world’s most popular screenwriting books, Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat has brought clarity and a sense of direction to thousands of screenwriters, many of whom were looking for the logical …

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Save the Cat Analysis Series: DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS

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One of the world’s most popular screenwriting books , Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat has brought clarity and a sense of direction to thousands of screenwriters, who were looking for the logical extension of …

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What the Most Successful Sports Team Can Teach Screenwriters

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Learning From the New Zealand All Blacks In the history of organised sports – globally – one team stands alone. The New Zealand All Blacks are the most successful sports …

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An Ultimate Guide to Screenwriting Etiquette in Film & TV

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Why Screenwriting Etiquette is so important…   As a new screenwriter, how does one conduct oneself in one of the most competitive industries in the world? It’s an important question, …

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10 Screenwriting Lessons From DEAD MAN’S SHOES (2004)

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DEAD MAN’S SHOES (2004) DEAD MAN’S SHOES follows Richard (Paddy Considine), a soldier who returns to his home town to get revenge on the men who abused his mentally-challenged brother …

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31 Writing Lessons From Iconic Author Kurt Vonnegut

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31 Writing Lessons From Iconic Author Kurt Vonnegut With his deceptively simple prose style, novelist, playwright and essayist Kurt Vonnegut, jr. (1922 – 2007) bridged sci-fi and literary fiction. Novels like …

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Which Species of Screenwriter Are You?

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Screenwriter The ‘building-block’ nature of screenwriting is such that any screenwriter needs a selection box of varying skills. As you’d expect then, different screenwriters tend to find themselves drawn to, …

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Is the Subtle, Theme-rich Screenplay Dead?

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Is the Subtle, Theme-rich Screenplay Dead? Theme-rich Screenplay Treated Unfairly? The plot-light, theme-rich screenplay is often – at the script development stage at least – unfairly maligned with the phrase …

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OPINION: Screenwriters Should Consider the Cinema Experience

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It’s a cliché, but the entertainment industry is an industry. Show business is a business. It behoves screenwriters to remember this and to consider why write films in the first place. What …

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