Visualize Your Scene Description To Hook Your Screenplay Reader


The scene descriptions in your screenwriting have a tricky, sometimes tumultuous, relationship with script readers. How so, you ask? Some script readers scan through screenplay scene description to speed up their reading process. I’ve spoken to studio level readers who read scene titles and dialogue. This approach tells them the story and gives them an…

Your Screenwriting Process Is All Wrong


Okay. Hold on to your keyboards fellow screenwriters. Don’t fire virtual missiles at me. Every screenwriter experiences fear and doubt during their writing process. We wrestle with these major two key questions: Is my screenwriting any good? Is my concept any good? The answers to these questions are irrelevant. What matters is, that the anxiety should spur your…

Can Creativity Really Be Enhanced?


With all the lotions and potions available on the internet to enhance one thing or another, can you find one that enhances creativity, makes screenwriters write better, or even cure writers’ block. Well… no. But there is a science to creativity. It doesn’t just happen. You can train it and make put it to work. That’s kinda…

5 Personality Traits To Create Intriguing Characters In Your Screenplay


Writing a screenplay is a tough disciple; especially when screenwriters are developing their characters. We observe people all the time so you’d think it would be relatively easy, right? Good guys do good things and the bad guys to bad things to stop them. This is true most of the time. Since movie characters are aggregates…

Why Stories Are So Important


Storytelling has been an integral part of the human experience since we began socializing as a species. The value of story has been studied extensively by anthropologists, sociologists and psychologists alike. There is something about stories that binds humans and allows us to thrive. Stories are an expression of a sequence of connected events to…

How To Craft Impactful Stories For Successful Screenplays


Humanity has enjoyed storytelling  since time began. It is the most powerful and enduring cultural tool. Stories not only inform and entertain us, they also allow us to process our deepest thoughts and emotions. If you want to learn how to write a movie script, every screenwriter needs to understand not only the structure, but the…

How To Come Up With Catchy Screenplay Ideas


You think you have writers block? Creative juices running as slow as molasses? Do you have a million concepts floating around in your head but no real story? Welcome to Brainstorming 101 for screenwriters. Your screenwriting is not doomed. Here are some steps you can take to harness your creative energy: 1) Create a table…

The Difference Between Character Motivation and Goal In Your Screenplay


These two screenwriting concepts are inter-related by exploring why characters behave the way they do. MOTIVATION This draws from a character’s backstory and morality driving their current need to take a course of action. It is a deep-seeded factor in a character’s make up. A character may often not be aware of their behavioral motivation. Motivation is shaped…

What Is The Theme Of Your Screenplay?


Theme is a much lauded term in screenwriting which has rarely been clearly defined. In its simplest form theme really is the underlying topic screenwriters are exploring in their story. It also expresses various points of view of this topic. It is also the meaning and logic that resonates with your audiences. It is the moral fiber…

Successful Writing Partnerships


Stephanie Palmer from “Good In A Room” discusses fine tuning these tricky relationships. When was the last time you and your writing partner had a meeting about your partnership? A writing team’s success is, in part, a function of the warmth and strength of your personal connection. This connection is what determines if you can…

How To Write Faster and Smarter


Stephanie Palmer, from Good In A Room discusses ways to improve the efficiency of your writing. The speed at which you write has little to do with how quickly you type. Speed has a lot to do with how well you organize your creative process. Writing slowly (or getting so blocked you can’t write at…