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Good Will To All

The other day, a student challenged me with this statement and question: “Conventional wisdom suggests that there must be a clear goal and an antagonist, but I don't buy it.  I've seen many movies where there appears to be neither a...
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How To Turn Your Logline Into A Pitch

Many writers struggle with coming up with that perfect logline for their project - let alone writing one, and then it's time to take that and turn it into a pitch. Well, it can all become pretty intimidating rather quickly! Luckily for you, our...
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What Do Typos in Your Screenplay Say About You?

Script readers or people who read screenplays professionally are quite often screenwriters themselves. They are looking for reasons to shuttle your screenplay into the pass pile. Excessive typos are a common reason for them to do so. So why do...
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Take Your Screenwriting Power Back

When it comes to who wields the most power in Hollywood, it seems screenwriters fall near the bottom rung. Let’s be honest: we’re beholden to the gatekeepers, whether they’re script analysts, producers, or studio execs, who will...
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How to Write a Logline Producers Won’t Pass On [with Logline Examples]

Before a screenplay is crafted by underpaid writers, it starts as a logline. At any stage of a production, a logline is a tool used to sell your idea.  Since movie loglines are so short, it’s easy to write out twenty in under twenty...
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Breaking into Screenwriting is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

“I broke in sooooo fast!!!”… Said no writer anywhere ever.Seriously. I mean… in the 90’s, maybe? Back then, it seemed like writers were emerging from complete obscurity to sell a screenplay seemingly overnight (only...
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Don’t Ruin a Good Read! Screenwriting Mistakes to Avoid

While I don’t fashion myself a script or story consultant (because, let’s face it, there are already enough of those – including a few really great ones – out there), the simple reality is that at this point in my career, I...
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The DO’S and DONT'S of Taking Notes

The other day, I had a call with a new coaching client, who had sent me his original screenplay prior to his initial session with me. The script had some good things going for it, but me being me, I had thoughts, some conceptual, some technical. The...
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Moving Beyond Screenplay Structure

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...
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Pamela Garcia Rooney – Young & Hungry

Our next featured Young & Hungry writer Pamela García Rooney is a Mexican-American native of Laredo, Texas. She earned an MA in school counseling after receiving a BA in English from UT Austin where she...
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David E. Vendrell – Young & Hungry

David Vendrell features as our next writer on the Young & Hungry list. David Ernesto Vendrell is a screenwriter from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In 2016, David released the viral short film, Teddy Bears are for Lovers – a horror-comedy...
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Lynn Renee Maxcy – Young & Hungry

Creative Screenwriting Magazine spoke with screenwriter Lynn Maxcy to discuss her writing journey. Lynn Renee Maxcy is a writer on the Emmy Award-winning series The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu), for which she won two Writers...
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Justin Kremer – Young & Hungry

Justin Kremer just moved to Los Angeles from New  York City. He recently wrote The United States Of America vs Bill Gates, which was featured on this year’s Black List. Justin also completed  The Animal feature script based on the...
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Erica Tachoir Talks “Scattering Jake”

Erica Tachoir is a writer, director, and actor based in Brooklyn. Her screenplay Scattering Jake was received wide screenplay contest recognition. Her short film Too Sunny FOr Santa (starring Natalia Dyer from Stranger...
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Portrait of a Promising Young Screenwriter

Don’t worry, this is not going to be another one of my venting, finger shaking, scolding blog posts. Which probably means that no one will be reading this but… what the hell. The bottom line is that for this one, no one angered me,...
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“Writing Is In The Rewrite” Says HBO Story Analyst Mark Chandley

Mark Chandley reads a lot of scripts – good ones – bad ones – and everything in between. As a story analyst for HBO and other organizations, as well as a writer’s assistant for A-list film and TV writer Roger Wolfson, Mark...
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5 Ways to Get Your Screenwriting Year Off to a Great Start

I am, by nature, a planner. Calendar, task lists, goal sheets, schedules, productivity journals and life planners are all my friends, so I love taking a little time come January, both privately and with my coaching clients, to look back and learn...
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The Same Answer to 11 Questions

There is one answer I give to a great number of questions I receive from developing screenwriters. Here is that answer:The script (or scripts) you are referring to was developed in the studio system, or was written by an established writer, or was...
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10 Ways to Write More – The Working Writers’ Edition

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...
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Jack Waz – Young & Hungry

Jack Waz is a graduate of Emerson College, Jack has worked on shows like Marvel’s New Warriors, USA’S Satisfaction, and is currently the Writers’ Assistant on Epix’s Get Shorty. His script The Biscuit made the 2018 Black...
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