Does Your Main Character Have A Guardian Angel?


The main character in many screenplays has a BFF, a guardian angel, an ally, a teacher or a mentor. Although they each have their own nuances, they all serve a similar purpose; to protect, to provide moral guidance and facilitate the path to personal growth. Or as the New Age types call it– manifestation of…

How Much Research Should You Do For Your Screenplay?


Listen up fellow screenwriters.  We’ve all been told to do background research before writing your screenplay. How much should you actually do? Why Do Research At All? Quite simply, it adds authenticity to your screenwriting. It lets your audience know they’re in good hands and your story is factually correct. That said, your research should…

Why Is Fear So Important In Your Screenplays?


FEAR is a significant motivator of human behavior. It dictates what we do and what we don’t do. Therefore it’s important for screenwriters to understand how fear works in human development and subsequently write richer characters in your stories. Fears make our characters human. It exposes vulnerabilities and informs character backstory. Fears are either physical…

14 Things To Consider Before Naming Your Characters


Screenwriting is serious business. Screenwriters don’t leave anything to chance, especially the names of each character. Naming each character in your screenplay requires thought. Apart from not making multiple character names phonetically similar (unless they’re Sherry and Cherry the identical twins), take some time to consider your characters’ individual backstories, personalities and dramatic functions. Your…

What Makes An Engaging Screenplay?


This is one of the most common questions screenwriters ponder after “How do I sell my screenplay?” The screenwriting bar has been raised many times over the years, so a strong grasp on the writing craft is vital. Your ability to create solid characters with defined goals and formidable obstacles, write scintillating dialogue, and have…

Not All Comedy Films Are Equal


Comedy is one of the hardest screenplay genres for screenwriters to master. This is because comedy movies are so broad, so personal and so nuanced.  The writing style ranges from jokes so subliminal they barely register with the audience, to laugh out loud slapstick humor. Writing comedy movie and TV scripts is serious business, so…

How to Ace Your TV Spec Script


The requirements for TV writers to secure their next writing gig are generally either an original TV pilot or a spec script of an existing TV show. These are cyclical, so it’s advisable to have one of each type in your arsenal. Be strategic with which TV show you choose to write. Don’t go for…

How To Seduce A Script Reader On The First Page Of Your Screenplay


Script readers are overworked. They read at least 2-5 screenplays per day in search of their next big hit. Statistically, around half the screenplays they read are poor or worse. Despite their wanting to enjoy all the film scripts they request, they are disappointed the majority of the time. Another 30-45% are average. Not good…

What To Consider When Writing Binge TV


It’s still the golden age of television. There are more TV content providers than ever and ostensibly more writing opportunities for us. Yay!! Television has evolved from broadcast weekly TV series to binge viewing on various streaming platforms. The term ‘bingeing’ typically has negative connotations, but not so much anymore. Binge watching is the new…

Do You Know The Difference Between Screenplay OPTION and SHOPPING Agreements?


If you’re one of those screenwriters who’ve had their film scripts purchased outright, on the spot, in pitch meetings, you’ve conquered the virtually impossible. Congratulations, it is the pinnacle of your screenwriting career. For most writers, they are typically offered one of two types of screenplay agreements, an option agreement or a shopping agreement. Option…

6 Moral Dilemmas That Layer & Deeply Enrich Your Characters


Every great screenplay character starts with a tough dilemma – a difficult choice between two or more equally undesirable options. Morals are dictated by communal standards, behaviors and belief systems. Although many cultures support individualism, major deviation from societal mores are frowned upon. Morals are not mathematical equations with a definite correct or incorrect answer….

Who Ya Gonna Call? Ghost Writers!


Not all screenwriters are credited with writing a feature screenplay or TV teleplay. Why does this travesty exist? The main reason is that the screenwriters have contributed too little to a screenplay (less than two-thirds) to warrant a screen credit. Enter the GHOST WRITER. What do they actually do? They write in the shadows and…