Note To Screenwriters: Audience Lives Matter


Screenwriters write both to express themselves and to emotionally stimulate an audience. Even if you write a screenplay that you never intend to show anyone, you still have an audience of one.  Audience matters. They need to feel something to continue watching. It’s vital to know your audience. Talk down to them and they’ll dismiss…

What Is The Future Of Digital TV Shows


The future of TV is sunny with a strong chance of disruption. We’re hitting the 500 new TV shows being produced each year mark. You read that correctly. Five hundred! This creates a mind-boggling array of oppportunities for screenwriters to get their work produced. Is that a good thing? Sure. There is something for everyone….

Are You Ready To Become A Screenwriter In Demand?


You’ve been clacking on your keyboard for years. Toiling. Churning out movie script after movie script. Your screenplays are piling up, but getting little traction. You start doubting your writing skills. Will you break through? In order to succeed, you need to embrace the screenwriting grind. There is no way around it. Athletes cannot skip…

Should You Set An Emotionally Abusive Character Loose In Your Screenplay?


Only if you want to add authenticity to your screenwriting. Narcissists, sociopaths, psychopaths, politicians; they all make fascinating characters in your film script. But you need to do your research on common anti-social personality disorders. Characters with personality disorders behave in very specific ways to manipulate other characters into their way of thinking. What are…

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 Is A TV Series Bible?


A TV series bible is the prospectus writers use to sell a TV show to a producer or a broadcast or streaming network. It’s a marketing document aimed to give the buyer an overall feel of your TV series. What it looks like and what it’s about, who are the main characters and how it…

Do You Think Like An Award Winning Screenwriter?


Let’s face it. Screenwriting is a hustle. Sure, writing skill is essential, but it can only take you so far. Being an aspiring writer trying to break in requires patience, tenacity and grit. These are essential components of a winning mindset. Even professional WGA screenwriters hustle for their next jobs. There’s more to attaining professional screenwriter…

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…

How Many Categories Of Film Comedy Are There?


More than most screenwriters think. Here are some more movie types to get your comedic screenplays completed. 1) HIGH BROW These are comedies aimed at culturally and financially elite audiences. As such, they often deal with lifestyles of the rich and wealthy covering themes such as marrying into wealth, bulking up estates, avoiding taxes and…