Is Your Moral Compass Pointing True North In Your Screenwriting?


Let’s get into some deep character work here to make your screenplays really stand out. Every screenwriter understands the concept of morality. It is an internal guidance systems that shapes your characters life direction. Everyone has an internal moral compass which drives their beliefs and actions. This helps screenwriters define their characters as either GOOD or BAD….

Could The Locations In Your Screenplay Be Characters?


Good question. Screenwriters have typically thought of characters as human beings. After that, they can beasts such as King Kong and Godzilla, robots such as Chappie, I Robot and Ex Machina, or even aliens, such as err… Alien and Arrival. So far, so good. Your screenwriting survives. The characters in your screenplay are living beings of…

25 Ways To Raise The Stakes In Your Script Writing You Need To Know


The screenwriting journey for both your main characters and your audience should be filled with twists and turns; ups and downs. Screenwriters are taught to raise the stakes for their characters to create excitement, tension, intrigue and anxiety. This is more than simply putting multiple obstacles in the path of the main characters in your…

Put Some Lovin’ In Your Screenwriting


Romance films, romantic comedies and romantic subplots have been staples on our film and TV screens since the dawn of cinema and television. We love them. And our appetite for them shows no signs of slowing down. As is the case in all film genres, love stories have their own set of conventions which audiences expect.  If…

10 Types Of Villains To Turn Up The Badass Factor In Your Screenwriting


Here at Gideon’s screenwriting tips, I’m always looking for inventive ways for screenwriters to create different classes of villains. Are they merely the bad guys (or gals) or antagonists? While villains are generally involved with negative behavior, this isn’t always true. They are however, directly responsible for obstructing the main character’s goal. Sometimes their causes…

Are Your Characters Sleep Deprived?


The characters in your screenwriting become a whole lot more interesting when they’re placed in physical and emotional stress. One easy way to do this is to think about how they might act if they haven’t had enough sleep. This could range from a sleepless night when the dog was barking all night to a…

8 Types Of Speech Impediment To Give Your Dialogue An Edge


Screenwriters are always looking for inventive ways to spice up the dialogue in their screenplays. One way to elevate your screenwriting is by giving your characters a speech impediment. They can really add distinctive features to your scripts and stop all the characters sounding the same. Speech impediments should enhance your characters rather than just…

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…

Smart Dumb Comedy – It’s A Thing!


What the heck is this sub-genre of comedy films that are cropping up on our screens? Well, filmmakers aren’t being rude. They just want audiences to know that screenwriters toiled over their keyboards to write “dumb” gags. They are purposefully farcical and deserve more respect than dumb comedies which are poorly developed and badly written….

Are Story & Plot The Same Thing?


No sir. For starters one begins with an ‘s’ and the other with a ‘p’. Story has five letters and plot has four. Enough frivolities. Your screenplay is a delicate, finely-tuned literary instrument. Screenwriters must be well aware of these two terms to ensure the integrity of their screenwriting. Although both terms are inextricably linked,…