Today
Cheryl Laughlin interviews multi-hyphenate, award-winning thriller writer Amy Suto of Kingdom of Ink—on writing for podcasts, memoirs, and Hollywood 2.0.Sometimes you just need a different way to flex your screenwriting skills. As it happens, the storytelling talents for features, shorts, TV or web series match up nicely with the writing [...]
Wed, Mar 03, 2021
Source: Script Magazine
What Is A Premise? ‘Premise’ comes from the Latin ‘premissa’, meaning to ‘set before’. It is also known as a central concept, controlling idea or even ‘seed of the story’. Whatever you call it, it is one of the foundations of writing craft for both screenplays and novels. A story is only [...]
Wed, Mar 03, 2021
Source: Bang2Write
Earlier
Filmmakers plan, write, enter contests, crowd-fund, shoot proof of concepts, generate business plans, design decks and pitch, to make a movie to sell to the public. Often, the major decision-makers between filmmakers and audiences are the distributors.Filmmakers plan, write, enter contests, crowd-fund, shoot proof of concepts, generate business plans, design [...]
Tue, Mar 02, 2021
Source: Script Magazine
The opening pages of a script are very important. We all know this. Busy industry readers will tend to put a script down if they’re not grabbed right away. Multiple Emmy-winning screenwriter Erik Bork (HBO's "Band of Brothers") offers a solution in grabbing your readers right away.The opening pages of [...]
Mon, Mar 01, 2021
Source: Script Magazine
This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with Author and Screenwriter Susie Moloney. This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with Author and Screenwriter Susie Moloney. She is the Author of many novels including The Thirteen and The Dwelling. They talk about Bright Hill Road (2020), a Horror movie she [...]
Mon, Mar 01, 2021
Source: Script Magazine
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What Are YOUR Writing Goals? Setting achievable writing goals is a MUST for any writer. I’ve written before on this blog that writing goals also need to be ‘concrete’ … In other words, it’s not enough to just say we want to do something! We have to figure out HOW we [...]
Mon, Mar 01, 2021
Source: Bang2Write
Suspense engages us. It puts us in the shoes of the hero. It keeps us on the edge of our seats, desperate to know: “What Will Happen Next?” Discover how to infuse your story – in every genre – with Suspense. Grab the audience’s attention and keep them hanging on [...]
Fri, Feb 26, 2021
Source: Script Magazine
All About Influences We are not creating stories in a vacuum, so we all have writing influences. I also often say writers need to research ‘what’s gone before’ when it comes to … concept genre conventions character tropes plotting archetypes tones styles storyworlds Since B2W needs to practice what it preaches, I sit down at the beginning of [...]
Thu, Feb 25, 2021
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Outlander – Books vs. TV series Outlander is a typical TV series meant to get us hooked and binging. Binging on TV series in 2020 became an acceptable habit, though not one I was proud of. However I spent 10 days bingeing the TV series and reading its four books. Here are [...]
Mon, Feb 22, 2021
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On Female Leads The roles of women have changed dramatically throughout history, so female leads are no different. How does our evolution mirror that in the media? Here’s 10 must see television shows and movies to show female leads’ growth in the media. 1) Wizard of Oz, Dorothy Gale (1939) We love Dorothy for [...]
Wed, Feb 17, 2021
Source: Bang2Write
Another podcast appearance (I'm really enjoying these), this time with Jason Inman and Ashley V. Robinson on Geek History Lesson. We're talking about the greatest Superman stories ever. If you ever wondered what my Top 5 Superman Stories are, wonder no more.You can access the podcast at any of these [...]
Wed, Jan 20, 2021
Source: Bitter Script Reader
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, first of all—THANK YOU!  I truly hope you’re busy creating and forging ahead on your screenwriting journey and you’ve been able to take away a few nuggets of advice that helped. As you may know, I’ve been adding short posts (nothing is [...]
Sun, Jan 17, 2021
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Did you miss CRISIS ON INFINITE TEEN DRAMAS the first time it was released? Did you buy tickets and forget to watch? Did you love it and want to see it again?Well, as a Christmas gift to you, we are making CRISIS ON INFINITE TEEN DRAMAS available again until January [...]
Fri, Dec 25, 2020
Source: Bitter Script Reader
Boulder Flat
Who can believe the year is almost over? The pandemic has changed everything and working in Hollywood now has even more challenges. It’s always a powerful tool to look back over the previous year and critically analyze the good, the bad, and the ugly choices you’ve made about your screenwriting. [...]
Thu, Dec 24, 2020
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As 2020 winds down, I'm left with the realization that it's a year I'm always gonna remember as "the year I lost my dad." Considering how much has happened this year, it's sobering that that is what leaves a mark.From the time Donald Trump, truly one of the worst Americans [...]
Mon, Dec 21, 2020
Source: Bitter Script Reader
I was very excited to make an appearance this week on the podcast Why Not? This is one of my favorite podcasts this year. During the pandemic, David and Taylor launched the podcast as an episode-by-episode recap of 13 REASONS WHY. It was a show that they couldn't stop talking [...]
Tue, Dec 15, 2020
Source: Bitter Script Reader
Note: this post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after using one of my links.)If you've read my MasterClass reviews over the last couple years, but have been waiting for the right opportunity to buy, you might be interested in this Christmas deal. [...]
Fri, Nov 27, 2020
Source: Bitter Script Reader
When surging forward on your first pass, attacking that diabolical blank screen, it’s crucial to feel you’re Wonder Woman or Thor, knocking away bullets of self-doubt with your magic bracelets or Mjölnir, your super duper hammer! Rocket forward so fast that the gremlin of failure is left choking in your [...]
Sun, Sep 27, 2020
Source: Your Screenplay Sucks
Whatever you do, don’t be too protective of your idea or script. Don’t worry about bad guys in Hollywood stealing your inimitable idea and sailing to the Maldives. The odds of that actually happening are extraordinarily limited, but the odds of a producer thinking you’re paranoid and running like blazes [...]
Fri, Sep 11, 2020
Source: Your Screenplay Sucks
It always happens toward the end of writing a new script. It’s a steamroller downhill toward the last scene and a powerful feeling of accomplishment rises up as it’s been my privilege to tell another story to the world. My characters guide me through, the ending comes and [...]
Fri, Sep 11, 2020
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