Everyone wants to be a writer, but selling a screenplay is a tough job in Hollywood, especially if you know nothing of the industry standard screenplay format. Believe it or not, making your script stand out is actually counterintuitive— anything other than the traditional format will brand you as amateurish. Even those doing script coverage will neglect your script. To ensure your script gets a fair read, follow these formatting guidelines from Story Sense.
The following is a really great article for writers who feel that they have good talents but have not reached that next level in creativity.
This is another great tutorial from Script Frenzy. I recently posted the Intro to TV writing and I will post more from this great site.
. "Screenwriting: An Eight Week Intensive" will begin with the basic elements of narrative, and then move to story structure, screenplay and teleplay formatting. Weinberg, a SAG actor, will elucidate his talents for constructing great dialogue and strong, nuanced characters. As a writer who's accomplished the rare feat of selling screenplays in the entertainment industry, Weinberg will be sharing tips on the business of screenwriting, too.
by Screenwriter Douglas J. Eboch
From Dr. Seuss to J.K. Rowling....
There are a lot of great rules to follow in this link about ways to improve your writing. It's broken down into 4 sections - General, Technical, Life, and The Method. Personally, I like the following rules the best:
Now this is ripe for book pirates. This machine will let you scan your books without destroying them. However, it's still a tedious, tedious process.
As a Screenwriting Student, I can never get enough basic tips on how to do something. Even something as simple as TV writing, which is what I learned first can be so tedious and difficult. I found this while surfin the web.
Writing For Stage
You know, everyone's got their own list of writing rules. I like these 10 rules for writing from Janet Fitch because they're pretty straightforward. Via Kottke.
In this article, Conor J. Dillon notes a fascinating uptick in the use of the colon in the media. Everyone, from the New York Times to well, the entire Internet, seems to be using the colon a lot. I don't know that I ever noticed it, but now I'll be looking out for it everywhere. The colon does give you the sense that you're saying something important.
Check this out for five great tips on how to name your character.
via Cracked Think Disney came up with all those fairytales on its own? No way. The Mouse House single-handedly ripped off dozens of classic tales, turning adult fare into kid-friendly cartoons!
Here is a list from story fix of television shows that can help writers. "Novelists are loath to admit they watch television. It’s like a chef admitting they enjoy a dripping hot Whopper every now and then. With extra cheese.
I took a class in the fall entitled Writing for Television at Bentley University in Boston. Much of what I learned has helped me through my first year of creative writing. One of the keys to writing television that we learned in the class was that a television show follows the traditional three act structure that any story follows, except for the fact that in a television episode, many questions are allowed to go unanswered.
As a student writer, it is always difficult to find ways to be as professional as you can be. This tool was really helpful for me I found.
The following is a how to piece about writing a treatment and the skills involved. As a noobie writer, I find these things very helpful, but at the same time I am careful not to take everything said as cut and dry. That is a tactic used by modern day intellectuals (not a god thing to be in most people's eyes). Read some of this and decide for yourself if it is or is not useful to you.
The following is a resource for young writers. Click through a few of these and bokmark the page any time you are in need of inspiration or just a break.
Writers room is great for the new young writer who is just looking for some good feedback and guidance. Go to the BBC writers room. They can read your scripts and pieces for you to help you out and give you good feedback. Take a look.
If you have just finished reading a novel or a book and you do not know what to go to next, take a look at this site, its a great tool for finding the best novel idea for you.
The following is a link to a post board of one sentence stories told by regular folks. Enjoy.
Tony Lee, Jr. decided that he would reinterpret William Faulkner's classic novel "As I Lay Dying" as a series of found objects. What I love here is the stark imagery, perfect for the mood of the novel, and those fonts!
I have been writing since I was a little boy. I remember watching South Park at age 9 and writing my own episodes. Aside from some curse words and sexual humor that you don't expect from a nine year old, there really was not much there. In middle school I used to write short stories, usually about myself and some of the things that had happened to me. To this day no one knows that a lot of the events I have written about are true. This is something that people have always asked about. I remem...
Well, we have had a pretty basic story structure in the previous couple of blogs. However, for the third act there is considerable leeway on how this story can play out. You can turn a story like this into a tragedy or comedy. Remember the line from the film Stranger Than Fiction "Tragedy, you die. Comedy you get hitched." Well in the Action/Adventure story, almost anything goes. For instance, GUY does not have to die, but CHICK could perish tragically. However, avoid cliches like someone jum...
This article is about the novel 'Twilight' which gained huge success and still to this day, garners much attention. I hope you enjoy.
This is a great video from J.K. Rowling. This really struck me because, before I was a writer, I suffered from severe depression and Paranoia, for which I refused medication. However, experiencing that deep down in the gutter moment was really helpful for me in gaining some perspective on life as well as motivated me to put some of my thoughts down to paper. Here, an incredible author shares her story with us. Enjoy!!
This is a great story about the title of a story. It can be really useful for any of you trying to think of a title for a story you have already written and it is also great when you are trying to write a story from a title you already know. Hope you enjoy!
This article is really hilarious. For you writers out there. Just remember that it is not your job to worry about things like these. Grammar is not your job, but it is this guy's job so I thought it was a funny example of how editors can get flustered by the most minute details, while the writer is almost certainly wrapped up in the big picture. As writers, we all have common mistakes we make, this is one man who cannot stand it.
This page is great and very informative about making interesting and lasting characters that will surely add to your already well thought out story.
Here is a great resource for writing traditional fiction. I like to read these things, but remember a few things. Each writer is different so it is perfectly okay if you do something that you are told not to, but still you like it. If you like it, write it, but this can be very helpful for those question mark areas.
So our GUY has traded wallets with a gangster, met a beautiful Grocery Store cashier, and used the Gangsters credit card.
Here is a great tool to work on free writing. Get one word and let the others flow out of you. Free writing is an important skill because it opens up the way for creativity and innovativeness. Just let your fingers do the typing!!!
Here are 50 tools for helping writers at any level. Reading this can give some background to the creative writer as well as specific tips to becoming the best writer possible. I just mused around on "Writing Tool #2: Use Strong Verbs" and "Writing Tool #45: Foreshadow" Which is great if you are reading the blog posts for "How to Write the Action/Adventure Screenplay."
This website is great for building on your skills as a writer. If you are having a case of the writers block. Please, go here and find some food for thought.
This is a great link. Each post is a one sentence long story. This should undoubtedly spark your imagination.
Miramax was started a few decades ago as an independent film studio, however today, Miramax is a huge company. The great thing about this studio is that they always choose a beautifully crafted script to make their movies. I love to watch these films while reading the scripts on my laptop. You should definitely watch these films, and look for story structure and plot points that bring the story together