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I Want Your Writing To Sing To Me

Tracy Christian • January 20, 2022

“I Want Your Writing To Sing To Me” Says Agent Tracy Christian From TCA:Tracy is a veteran talent agent with more than twenty years in the industry working in both the literary as well as talent space. Within the lit space she’s...

What Screenwriters Can Learn from the Oscar-nominated Live Action Shorts

Jeff York • January 19, 2022

REPOST: It’s a shame that the AMPAS has decided to give out the award for Best Live Action Short winner during a commercial break at the Academy Awards telecast on February 24, 2019. No artist who wins an Oscar should be denied his or her time...

“There Is No Cheat Code To Breaking In”

Daniel Seco • January 18, 2022

Daniel Seco is a manager at Empirical Evidence where he represents writers and directors for film & television. Seco’s background in literary representation includes stops at Resolution and CAA before venturing into management as a motion...

“Take A Writing Break If You’re Burnt Out” Says Manager Yuli Masinovsky

Yuli Masinovsky • January 18, 2022

As part of our continuing series of interviewing top agents and managers in Los Angeles, we spoke with Yuli Masinovsky from Silver Lake Entertainment about how aspiring screenwriters are more likely to become working screenwriters. What does a...

4 Secrets To Selling Your Screenplay… And Not Your Soul!

Pen Densham • January 18, 2022

As a four-year-old, I was impressed by seeing my parents making short 35mm films for the movie theaters, even riding a live 7 ft alligator in one of them. Those experiences caused me to have a life-long desire to conjure visual and emotional magic...

One Produced Script Does Not Guarantee A Career

Deborah Del Prete • January 12, 2022

“One Produced Script Does Not Guarantee A Career.” Deborah Del Prete Tells Screenwriters:Veteran film producer and literary manager Deborah Del Prete sat down with us to share her thoughts on the state of the film business and how...

The First Ten Pages

Ruth Atkinson • January 11, 2022

One of the most hotly debated screenwriting mandates is that you have only ten pages to grab your reader. As a script consultant who works with writers on both high concept pieces and low budget indies I’ve found this one directive causes much...

5 Tools For You To Write Gripping Screenplay Scenes

Dan Hoffmann • January 10, 2022

Forget structure. Forget character. Forget concept. Your screenplay is nothing but scenes. So, if your scenes don’t stand out as original or memorable, no one will remember your story, your characters, your concept or your script, long...

10 Tips and Tricks to Boost Screenwriting Creativity

Brianne Hogan • January 6, 2022

Got writers’ block? Not sure what scene to write next? Not in the mood… to write? Waiting for inspiration to strike? Sound all too familiar?These questions have passed through the minds of most screenwriters at some point. While it is...

That Scene In Your Screenplay Sucks

Mark Sevi • January 5, 2022

The number one failure for most non-pro screenwriters (and for some pro writers) is as fundamental as FADE IN: It’s the scene. Flabby, flaccid, forgettable, feckless… yeah a lot of F-words – because most screenwriters just...

10 Surefire Tips To Boost Your Screenwriting Career

Pen Densham • January 4, 2022

Pen Densham has been telling stories since he was knee-high to a grasshopper so he knows a few things about selling your screenplay in the Hollywood jungle. He is also well-aware of the tenacity and resilience screenwriters require to...

Writing Effective Plot Twists

James Napoli • January 3, 2022

Creative Screenwriting Magazine contributor, James Napoli details the different types of plot twists screenwriters can use in their screenplays. There are several different types of plot twists you can use in your screenwriting. Let’s take a...

Moving Beyond Screenplay Structure

John Vourlis December 30, 2021

I have been studying, practicing, and teaching screenwriting for three decades, and the one thing I’ve learned is that young screenwriters (in experience, not age) struggle to learn the craft. What they don’t always...

On Writing Child Characters: “Children Don’t Think Like Little Adults”

Michael Welles Schock • December 30, 2021

One of the challenges of writing great characters is getting inside the heads of persons of much different background than yourself. It takes great effort and empathy to understand those of differing gender, age, ethnicity, or orientation in order...

Screenwriters: Are You In The Mood For Love? Write A Romcom

Christopher Mckittrick • December 28, 2021

Few films genres are as divisive as the romantic comedy. “Rom coms” are regularly dismissed as shallow, unrealistic projections of romance. It’s certainly true that many romantic comedies present a...

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: A Cinematic Prototype

Michael Welles Schock • December 24, 2021

If one wished to select the most well-known story in the English language, a top contender would surely be Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Originally published in 1843, this little novella has reached the rarest heights of...

Writing Escape Room Narratives as Contained Thrillers

Joey Madia • December 23, 2021

For the Thrill of It All - Writing Escape Room Narratives as Contained Thrillers:So, What’s an Escape Room, and Why Should You Care? Content creator, Joey Madia, explains what Escape Rooms are and how to weave them...

10 Ways to Write More – The Working Writers’ Edition

Greta Heinemann • December 22, 2021

The below is a guest blog from working writer Greta Heinemann, producer on NCIS NEW ORLEANS, winner of the Final Draft Big Break Contest, once a CBS Mentoring Program participant, and Humanitas New Voices Prize recipient. Greta is repped by UTA and...

6 Types Of Friends Every Screenwriter Needs

Amy Sullivan December 21, 2021

Most screenwriters owe their tenacity and determination to the people they surround themselves with. This includes all the industry folks that can either directly or indirectly get your screenplays into the write (sorry, right) hands that can...

Screenwriting Advice: Give Your Characters the Power of the VOTE

Gerald Hanks December 20, 2021

Characters drive stories. Powerful characters give writers reasons to create stories around them. Directors want to create moments around that power. Actors want to channel that power. Audiences want to take part in that power. As a writer, your job...