4 Ways To Test Your Characters


Character conflict is the basis of an engaging screenplay. What exactly are the causes of conflict? It’s more than two or more characters arguing about a goal. It’s about pushing your characters to their limits to see what they can withstand. These limits form the basis of the character arcs of good screenwriting. They tie…

Desire Is The Basis Of Your Characters’ Behavior


Humans beings are a curious lot. So too are your characters. Traditional storytelling tropes dictate that the characters in your screenplay must have a goal. They must relentlessly pursue that goal to its conclusion whether they achieve it or not. They must have compelling stakes to reach their goal, and the escalation of the obstacles…

12 Types Of Character Intelligence


Richly layered characters form the basis of every quality screenplay. Characters have distinct learning and processing styles which influences their knowledge. Their knowledge also informs their moral codes and personality types. Intelligence is both a function of what someone knows, but also how they can best learn it. There is a distinct difference between intelligence…

How TV Pilots Make It To Series


TV shows are introduced to audiences  and tested for their viability in a variety of ways.  Think of a TV pilot as the first page of a screenplay. If it ain’t good, nobody wants to read any further. TV pilots are not always filmed as part of the entire TV series, although that is the…

How Do Single-Cam TV Shows Differ From Multi-Cam Ones?


Television shows are often referred to as being single-cam or multi-cam.  This directly relates to the style of filming. Back in the day when TV production was more straightforward, mutli-cam referred to 30-minute sitcoms and single-cam to hour-long dramas. This general rule of thumb isn’t always the case any longer. It most closely correlates with…

How Do Your Characters Communicate?


Screenwriting involved mining character relationships and their interactions. There are a number of ways characters communicate with each other. As a screenwriter, you must give each character a predominant communication style to complement their personality. Moreover, look at ways to give your main characters opposing communication styles to generate conflict between them. When constructing your…

What Should You Expect From Screenplay Feedback?


Every screenwriter should get feedback on their screenplays. Always. You are too close to your material to be able to see it objectively. There are so many things to consider such as who you are getting feedback from and their credentials. What are their respective agendas? Are they well-meaning friends and family who want to…

Why You Must Kill Your Screenplay Darlings


Screenwriting is hard. Really hard. No surprises here. Shaping and telling a story takes a long time. It’s a long process of trial and error. You must write many permutations and combinations of your story during the outlining, writing and rewriting process. This process of creating, destroying and recreating your screenplay is something every screenwriter faces…

What To Do When Your Screenwriting Muse Needs Some Help


Creativity ebbs and flows. Flows and ebbs. It is finite, yet it is infinite. Sometimes there’s a story inside us dying to get written. Sometimes, there isn’t. As screenwriters, our creative juices don’t flow at will. Their will, not ours. But it doesn’t all have to be doom and gloom. Embrace the messiness of the…

5 Ways To Add The WOW Factor To Your Screenwriting


There are tens of thousands of screenplays registered with the WGA each year. Many thousands more screenplays are written, but not registered. Even more screenplays than that are works in progress. That adds up to a hell of a lot of screenplays. All vying for attention. Screenwriters must be aware that this places an enormous…

Should Screenwriters Enter Screenwriting Contests?


There are as many ways to break into screenwriting as there are ways to skin a cat. One of the ways to make it as a screenwriter is to enter reputable screenwriting contests. Careers have been launched as frequently as money wasted in entry fees. It all boils down to one simple question: What Do…

What Types Of Scripts Should Screenwriters Focus On To Break In?


Screenwriting is a blessing because it requires so little equipment and expense to write a screenplay. It is also a curse because there are so many screenwriters out there clacking away at their computers. So much competition. But not all competition is created equal. Many scripts end up in the digital trash. That means you…