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10 Rules For Using Parentheticals In Your Screenplay

Screenwriter and script consultant Trevor Mayes discusses the proper use of parentheticals in your screenplay.

20 Things To Think About When You Option Your Screenplay - Part I

Screenwriter Chip Street discusses the common yet often complex matter of script optioning.

22 Ways to Learn & Improve Your Screenwriting

Writer, producer and author Hal Croasmun gives you some great tips to improve your writing and get your script sold.

3 Secrets of Pitching Your Screenplay

Practical advice on the art of successful pitching.

4 Tips On Writing The Opening Scenes Of Your Action Screenplay

Writer and licensed therapist Dan J. Marder offers some sage advice on how to take the opening of your action script to another level.

4 Ways to Unlock Your Screenwriting Potential

Writer and filmmaker Dan Black discusses various ways to improve your screenwriting.

A Cure For Writer's Block

Marilyn offers some great advice on how to overcome writer' block.

A Filmmakers & Screenwriters Guide To Networking

Filmmaker Chris Jones offers some top tips for making those all important business connections.

A Simple Plan.. A Brilliant Scene

Quigly Down Under scribe John Hill dissects what makes a good scene using the example of the movie "A Simple Plan".

A Simple Technique To Avoid Endless Rewriting

Marilyn offers some great advice on how to properly plan your script by outlining your story.

A Way Out of Writer’s Block

Writer/director and teacher Elad Fichman dicusses the many causes of writer's block and suggests possible solutions to overcome this common creative obstacle.

Achieve Success As A Screenwriter

Freelance writer Brian Konradt gives some great pointers on how to be a successful screenwriter.

Act “As If” to Truly Write Better in Half an Hour

Marilyn applies an acting techqniue to help improve your writing.

Adaptation 101 - From Novel to Screenplay

How to successfully adapt a novel into a movie script.

Avatar: Alien For Dessert

Script Consultant Karel Segers disects this exciting scene from James Cameron's blockbuster Avatar.

Be True to Yourself.. And Smart With Your Script

Advice on how you should always write for yourself and from the heart.

Before You Leap: What To Do With The First Draft Of Your Script

Writer and script consultant Ray Morton offers some practical advice on what to do with the first draft of your screenplay.

Can You Really Teach Screenwriting?

Professor Richard Walter tackles the controversial question of whether or not you can teach the craft of script writing.

Captain Phillips: Shock Ending

Script Consultant Karel Segers disects this powerful scene from Captain Phillips.

Change Your Structure, Improve Your Script

How to improve your screenplay by changing its structure.

Citizen Screenwriter

Screenwriter, author and teacher Charles Deemer discusses the screenwriter's social responsibility within the "Real World".

Common Mistakes To Avoid When Writing Your Screenplay

Freelance writer and script reader Nicole Url offers some practical advice on how to avoid making common mistakes in your screenplay.

Creating Believable Villains For Your Story & Screenplay

Screenwriter & author Skip Press delves into the mind of the villain.

Creative Writing: An Accident Waiting To Happen

Produced screenwriter Dan Bronzite explains how listening to your inner voice and going with the flow can help you write a better screenplay.

Don’t [email protected]#%ing Pitch Your Movie Like This!

Screenwriter and script consultant Trevor Mayes discusses the art of pitching your movie.

Dual Character Arcs in Erin Brockovich

Writer and teacher David Freeman discusses character development using the movie example of "Erin Brockovich".

Ex Machina: Who's The Protagonist Now?

Script Consultant Karel Segers disects this pivotal scene from A.I. movie Ex Machina.

Exploring Unusual Character Relationships To Improve Your Script

Marilyn offers advice on how to improve your story and characterization.

Falling Down: Fifty Cent For A Soda

Script Consultant Karel Segers disects this explosive scene from Falling Down.

From Story To Screenplay, Keeping It Commercially Viable

Marilyn offers advice on how to ensure your screenplays will have commercial appeal.

Frozen: Disney's Snow Queen

Script Consultant Karel Segers dissects Disney's Frozen.

Getting Scripts Read in Hollywood: How Do I Sell My Screenplay?

Donna Michelle Anderson gives practical advice about breaking into Hollywood.

Good in a Room: A Guide to Pitching Your Movie Script

Creative consultant and former MGM executive Stephanie Palmer gives some practical advice on how to pitch your script and avoid common meeting pitfalls.

Groundhog Day: What Would You Do If...?

Script Consultant Karel Segers disects this hilarious and insightful "Movie moment" from the classic comedy Groundhog Day.

High Concept Screenwriting Defined: How To Write High Concept Movies

Screenwriter Steve Kaire gives the low-down on writing high-concept movies.

How Creating a Soundtrack Can Improve Your Screenplay

Marilyn explains how creating a soundtrack for your screenplay can improve your writing.

How Do You Know When Your Screenplay is “Finished?”

Marilyn offers some advice on when to stop tinkering with your screenplay.

How Do You Know When Your Screenplay Is Ready For Market?

Producer and script consultant Wendy Kram offers sage advice for eager screenwriters who are preparing to shop their script.

How NOT To Raise Money for A Feature Film

Writer and director Brian O'Malley gives the lowdown on what to avoid when trying to raise funding for a film.

How To Add Emotional Depth To Your Dialogue

Marilyn offers some practical advice on how to better understand your characters.

How To Behave Like A Screenwriter: Seven Secrets To Better Stories

Produced screenwriter and teacher Jim Jennewein offers some great advice on how to improve your screenwriting.

How To Connect Better with Your Main Character

Marilyn offers some great advice on how to better identify with your protagonist.

How To Effectively Create The First Act Set-Up

Marilyn offers great advice on how to use the 5 Ws to set up your first act.

How To Get A Producer To Read Your Movie Script

Produced playwright and fiction author Persephone Vandegrift tackles the age-old question that faces every new writer of how to get their material read by a producer.

How To Get An Agent

Author and former Studio Exec Marisa D'Vari gives some practical advice in obtaining literary representation.

How To Get Your Script A Date With Fame

Script consultant tips comparing the dating game to the world of screenwriting.

How To Improve Your Plot By Doing Research

Marilyn offers some practical advice on how to improve your script through research.

How to Keep Your Story From Stalling

How to write better stories by keeping your stakes high and cutting exposition.

How To Make Your Climactic Sequence "Pop"

Marilyn offers great advice on how to create an effective climactic sequence.

How To Market Your Screenplay & Be Your Own Agent Until You Get One

Marilyn offers some great advice on how to market yourself without a literary representative.

How To Master The Wild and Wooly Second Act of Your Screenplay

Marilyn offers some practical advice on how to get to grips with your script's second act.

How To Raise The Emotional Stakes in Your Screenplay

Marilyn offers some great advice on how to improve your screenplay by raising the stakes in your story.

How to Spice Up Your Villain or Obstacle

Marilyn offers some practical advice on how to write a better villain.

How To Structure Your Story Fast

Marilyn suggests you interview your principle characters to help you plan and structure your screen story.

How To Tell An Amateur

Emmy-nominated screenwriter and director Nathan Marshall offers some great advice for screenwriters.

How To Tweak Your Plot In One Easy Thought

Create an original plot twist by asking what would drive your protagonist to commit murder.

How To Use A Political Or Legal Situation To Improve Your Romantic Comedy

Marilyn offers an innovative way to strengthen your romantic comedy script using the backstory of a political or legal situation.

How To Use A Specific Cultural Heritage To Improve Your Plot

How using culture in your story can imporove your script.

How To Use Real People To Create Movie Plot And Characters

Marilyn offers some great advice about using real people to help your screenwriting.

How to Utilize Story Development Services

Script consultant Mere LaTour explains how story development services can improve your screenplay and writing.

How To Write A Professional Screenplay: Tips From the Chair of the UCLA Screenwriting Program

Sound advice on the Dos and Don'ts of script writing by longtime Chair of the UCLA Graduate Screenwriting Program Richard Walter.

How To Write A Treatment

Marilyn Horowitz delves into the process of writing a screenplay treatment.

How To Write Screenplay Dialogue

How to write great dialogue for your film screenplay and how to write high structure, high concept movies

How To Write Well Every Time

Advice of how to always write good scripts from Marilyn Horowitz

How Writing Concept First Will Help Your Script & Pitch

Marilyn explains how using your story's concept can help your screenwriting and pitching.

In Your Head Or On The Page?

Screenwriter, script consultant and author William Akers discusses the importance of getting your vision onto the page.

Interview With Author And Story Consultant Michael Hauge: Part 2

Concluding part of interview with story consultant, lecturer and author of "Writing Screenplays That Sell" Michael Hauge

Interview With Author Rex Pickett: Up, Down, and Sideways

Vera Caccioppoli, screenwriter and founder of Hi-Way-Haven, recounts her meeting with Rex Pickett, author of Sideways.

Interview with Richard Walter - Chair of the UCLA Screenwriting Program

Questions and Answer Feature with the longtime Chair of the UCLA Graduate Screenwriting Program Richard Walter

Is Your Movie Script Ready for the Marketplace?

Script consultant Donie Nelson gives practical advice on preparing your script for submission.

King Kong: Thank God For The Snake

Script Consultant Karel Segers discusses this classic scene from King Kong (1976).

Lethal Weapon: Meet Martin Riggs

Script Consultant Karel Segers disects this memorable "Movie Moment" from Lethal Weapon.

Little Red Riding Hood - Learning to Write Better Characters from Fairytales

How to write better characters by learning from fairytale stories like Little Red Riding Hood.

Marketing Your Script from Day One

Actress, writer, stuntwoman and producer Kristina Michelle offers some practical business advice for writers.

Movie Storytelling & Free-Form Screenwriting

The pros and cons of free-form cinematic storytelling and adhering to the rules when writing your screenplay.

Nightcrawler: Hungry Coyote

Script Consultant Karel Segers dissects this powerful scene from Nightcrawler.

Pitching Your Script - Questions Every Producer Has About Your Screenplay

Writer, producer and author Hal Croasmun helps you make the right pitch.

Rewrite Your Script: 3 Angles of Attack for Rewriting A Screenplay

Author of Your Screenplay Sucks! William M. Akers gives practical advice on how to approach a rewrite of your script.

Rewriting Your Screenplay: The Road to your Audience

Gordy Hoffman, winner of the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the Sundance Film Festival, shares his experience of rewriting movie scripts.

Sample Movie Treatment - Example Story Synopsis For A Film Script

Marilyn Horowitz provides a sample of a movie treatment.

Screenplay Structure in Four Easy Pieces

writer and script consultant Jengo Robinson breaks down the structure of film.

Screenplay Structure: Building Your Story From the Ground Up

Screenwriter and author Robert Gregory Browne helps lay the foundations for a structurally sound screenplay.

Screenplay Unity: What It Is & Why You Need It

Screenwriter & Screenplay Analyst Jeff Swanson discusses the need to understand the central designing principle of your script.

Screenplay Writing Partners: How NOT To Collaborate on Scripts

Script Collaboration: The pros and cons of working with a writing partner on your screenplay.

Screenwriters Need Time To Fail And Write Badly...

Screenwriter Mark Sanderson offers some excellent advice both for newbies starting out in the script writing "game" and old hats who may just need a little perspective.

Screenwriting Habits: The Short Attention Span Screenwriter

Screenwriter & Teacher D.B. Gilles gets to grips with our screewriting habits.

Screenwriting Myths & Facts: Part 7

Steve Kaire's seventh installment of screenwriting myths and facts.

Screenwriting Myths & Facts: Part 9

Steve Kaire's ninth installment of screenwriting myths and facts.

Screenwriting Structure Series Part 8: Your First Ten Pages

The Unknown Screenwriter examines the structural importance of the first ten pages of your screenplay.

Screenwriting Tips To Take Your Script To The Next Level

Author and scriptwriter Lia London offers some great tips on improving your stageplay or screenplay.

Script Notes: Feedback For The Faint-Hearted

Screenwriter and script consultant Julie Gray gives practical advice on the best way to give feedback.

Scriptwriting For Beginners: Learning The Basics Of Screenwriting

Produced screenwriter Danek S. Kaus shares some insightful tips that every new scriptwriter should consider when working on their first screenplay.

Scriptwriting: How To Write Killer Dialogue

Former Hollywood Lit Manager Michael Ferris offers some great advice on how to make your script POP.

Secrets of the 3-Minute Pitch

Story consultant, author and lecturer Michael Hauge offers some great advice on how to sell your screenplay.

See Your Script Through The Eyes Of A Literary Agent

Michael Hauge helps you understand the process of script reading from the perspective of a literary agent.

Show Don’t Tell: When To Break The Rules Of Screenwriting

Award-winning screenwriter, director and professional writing coach Jacob Krueger discusses when to break the rules of screenwriting.

Sicario: Crossing The Threshold

Script Consultant Karel Segers disects this tense sequence from Sicario.

Sitcom Pilots & The Promise of the Premise

Successful TV writer and producer Sheldon Bull explains what makes a good sitcom and how to set up an effective premise in the Pilot episode.

Studio Pitch Meetings: An Amusing Look At Pitching Your Script

Quigly Down Under scribe John Hill's amusing POV on the stressful art of pitching your screenplay.

Subtext Speaks: How To Write Effective Movie Script Dialogue

Playwright and screenwriter Penny Penniston explains the importance of using subtext when writing screenplay dialogue.

Television Script Format

Script analyst Diane House sheds some light on the structure and formatting of teleplays.

The 11 Laws of Great Storytelling For the Movies

Professor, screenwriter and script consultant Jeffrey Hirschberg reveals the key elements of writing an engaging screenplay.

The 4 Rules of Comedy Writing For Screenwriters

How to write a funny screenplay by following the simple rules of comedy.

The 7 Mistakes Rookie Screenwriters Make

Producer, author and creator of the Raindance Film Festival Elliot Grove offers some great advice for newbie scriptwriters.

The Big 7 Differences Between Writing Novels & Screenplays

Former Hollywood Lit Manager Michael Ferris explains the key differences between writing novels and screenplays.

The Bourne Identity: Mystery, Suspense, Surprise

Script Consultant Karel Segers disects this powerful scene from The Bourne Identity.

The Business of Screenwriting: Surviving A Script Notes Meeting

Screenwriter and teacher Scott Myers gives practical advice on how to survive script meetings.

The Creative Business of Screenwriting

Marilyn offers advice on how to treat your writing career like a business.

The Cure For A Lack Of Self-Confidence

Marilyn offers some advice on how to build your self-confidence and become a successful writer.

The Curse of Quirky Parentheticals - Using Wrylies in Your Screenplay

Author & script consultant Christina Hamlett explains how to correctly use parentheticals in your screenplay.

The French Connection: Business or Pleasure?

Script Consultant Karel Segers dissects a scene from William Friedkin's classic The French Connection.

The Future of TV Drama Series

In an excerpt from her latest revised edition of "Writing The TV Drama Series" writer and USC Professor Pamela Douglas discusses the changing world of television.

The Hollywood Screenwriter As A Multiple-Personality

Quigly Down Under scribe John Hill discusses the many guises of a screenwriter.

The Idea: The Seven Elements of a Viable Story for Screen, Stage, or Fiction

Screenwriter and script consultant Erik Bork discusses how to make your screen story a viable product for entertainment industry professionals in an excerpt from his new book "The Idea: The 7 Elements of a Viable Story for Screen, Stage or Fiction"

The Key To Success

Marilyn offers some practical advice on how to be successful in life and screenwriting.

The Life Of Brian: I'm Brian And So Is My Wife!

Script Consultant Karel Segers disects this hilarious "Movie Moment" from the British classic The Life of Brian.

The Protagonist’s Relationship With Theme & Structure

Script Consultant Alex Bloom discusses the relationship between the protagonist, theme and structure.

The Right Hook: How To Secure Literary Representation With Your Best Logline & Pitch

Producer Marvin V. Acuna explains how important it is to get your logline and pitch right when seeking literary representation.

The Struggles Of The Screenwriter: Nobody Said It Would Be Easy

Practical screenwriting advice from an industry pro to help you get your script on track.

The Untouchables: Mexican Standoff

Script Consultant Karel Segers disects this classic "Movie moment" from Brian De Palma's The Untouchables.

This Scene Sucks: Screenwriting Mistakes to Avoid

Award-winning filmmaker and comedy writer Timothy Cooper highlights some of the common mistakes to avoid when writing screenplays.

Three Simple Techniques To Assess Your Screenplay’s Marketability

Marilyn offers some sage advice on how to assess and improve your screenplay's marketability.

Three Tricks To Help You Rewrite Your Screenplay Fast

Marilyn gives some practical advice about how to tackle a rewrite.

Turning A Novel Into A Screenplay

Screenwriter John Folsom offers practical advice on screenplay adaptation.

Using Juxtaposition In Your Screenplay To Make A Better Story & Script

How contrasting elements of your story and using juxtapostion in your screenplay can help your script.

Using Personal Experience To Write Better Stories

Marilyn offers advice on how to use personal experience to improve your screenplay.

Using The Weather To Improve Your Screenplay

Marilyn offers great advice on how to use the weather to add drama to your script.

What Happens When Your Script Receives "Coverage?"

Script consultant Mere LaTour explains how to prepare your screenplay for industry feedback.

What I Learned About Screenwriting From My Composer

Produced playwright and fiction author Persephone Vandegrift applies her experience of working on a soundtrack to her film to developing a screenplay.

What I Learned From Being A Fulbright Scholarship Judge

Marilyn poses some key questions to help you better define the theme and storyline of your screenplay.

When Is It Okay For A Screenwriter To Work For Free?

Screenwriter Mark Sanderson discusses an issue facing many new screenwriters starting out in the business.

Why Comedy Makes Everything Better

Author, teacher and script consultant D.B. Gilles discusses the importance of comic relief in screenwriting.

Writers Rehab: Hope For Writer's Block

Author, teacher and script consultant D.B. Gilles discusses the 12 Steps Of Conquering Writer's Block from his new book Writers Rehab.

Writing Good Log Lines

Author, screenwriter and story consultant Dr. Stan Williams offers some great screenwriting tips for constructing powerful and succinct story descriptions.

Writing is Deleting: Script Editing Techniques For Screenwriters

Script-a-thon co-director Matt Giegerich gives practical advice on rewriting your screenplay.

Writing Screenplay Description With Your Own Personal Style & Voice

Screenwriter Chip Street offers some great advice on how to find your own voice when writing screenplays.

Writing With A Partner

Dana Dorrity, assistant Professor of Communications and Media Arts at Dutchess Community College, shares her experience with collaborative screenwriting.

Writing With Passion – Without It, Forget It

Screenwriter, author and script coach Christopher Keane makes you think twice about writing anything if your heart isn't in it.

Your Protagonist: Likability and the Finish Line

Screenwriter and professional script reader Monica Partridge discusses designing your screen story's central character.

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