Writing Irresistible Characters Your Audience Want To Watch Again & Again


Every screenwriter has been through the grueling process of building characters. We’ve completed questionnaires of character traits, asked questions, yet they still seem a bit wooden and one-note in our screenplay. How can you add depth to your movie characters so they pop? Physical traits such as height, gender and weight are good places to…

Explore Your Screenwriting Voice


Many screenwriters are often asked about their writing voice when trying to break in or look for their next gig. Every film and TV producer is looking for the next best thing. They are looking for something unique with a strong writing voice. What exactly does this mean?

Is There Too Much Story In Your Screenplay?


Screenwriting plots, acts, scenes, subplots… Where does it all end for screenwriters? Let’s break it down. A screenplay consists of one main story with a distinct setup, middle and resolution. How do you know if there is too much or too little plot in your movie script? Keep your screenplay lean and clean SCREENPLAY PAGE COUNT…

Creating Buzz For Your Screenplay


The script writing world is a peculiar beast. Every screenwriter wants to sell their screenplay, get optioned, get a writing assignment and get produced. Unfortunately, many screenwriters don’t focus on their screenwriting career as much as they should. They mistakenly believe that their screenplay should speak for itself. You need to be your own publicist. Create…

Why Do Flawed Characters Self Sabotage?


It is a screenwriter’s duty to explore the characters in their screenplays in depth. Especially if they’re flawed, because they make more interesting characters with potentially stronger character arcs. Character flaws are limitations or imperfections that prevent characters from achieving their story goals. A character becoming aware of their flaws forms the basis of their…

How Can Screenwriters Get Their Films Financed (and Profitable?)


The film making and film distribution world has changed dramatically. Gone are the days when screenwriters could easily sell their screenplays to Hollywood producers for a million bucks. The modern sobering reality is that screenwriters must now play some role in getting their movies produced. They need to become bona fide movie producers. After you’ve dazzled…

8 Sweet TV Deals For TV Writers


It’s at the golden age for TV. It’s also a pretty sweet time for TV writers, especially if they create their own TV series. What Terms Can TV Writers Negotiate? OVERALL TV NETWORK DEAL This is the big daddy of TV writing deals. This is where the big bucks lie and is generally only available to…

Meet The Antagonists, Villains And Anti-Villains In Your Story


Your screenplay is full of good guys and bad guys. Screenwriters grapple with the heroes overcoming their obstacles to achieve their goals to write a satisfying story. Let’s examine some of these obstacle characters: Villains and anti-villains are almost always antagonists, in that they oppose the protagonists goal. The difference between the three lies in their motivation…

When The Heroes & Villains In Your Screenplay Defy Traditional Roles


In the current screenwriting landscape, screenwriters are leaning towards morally complex and morally dubious characters. They are neither entirely good, nor bad. Moreover, they are neither mainly good, with a few flaws to make them more realistic, or mainly bad with some goodness which emerges during the story. Film audiences are increasingly becoming attracted to…

5 Types Of Script Readers To Knock Your Screenplay Into Shape


Screenwriters are often bamboozled by terms such as Script Doctor, Script Analyst, Script Consultant, Story Consultant, Script Reader… The list goes on… and on. Let’s take the mystery out of these terms. 1) SCRIPT DOCTOR These are senior screenwriters are are often hired by studios to punch up a problematic movie script. Script doctors are…