Addressing Red Flags In Your Story


Jenna Avery from Script Magazine says that if you sense something is amiss in your screenplay, don’t ignore, because a reader will notice it and won’t be as forgiving. If certain elements aren’t working, flag them and fix them. All parts in your screenplay are dispensable. If a scene is too cliched, change it. Those…

Editing Your Script


Jeanne Veillette Bowerman, Editor and Online Community Manager of Script Magazine talks of the importance of script length. Slashing 25 words is one thing, but cutting 25 pages takes an entirely different approach. When it’s done, your story will be free of everything that’s dragging it down. Often people interchange the words “editing” and “rewriting.”…

Writing For An Audience’s Subconscious


The techniques a writer uses that grip an audience and move them emotionally in multiple directions, often simultaneously, are what David S. Freeman calls “Emotioneering”® Techniques. These techniques address the audience’s subconscious. Because of this, they are a challenge to consciously isolate. Also, because these techniques are the reason people get caught up in a character,…

The Rewriting Process – Wordsmithing


Here is the final post from Hal Croasmun’s Proseries classes on rewriting. Wordsmithing is really the final polish before your script is shopped around town. Basic wordsmithing = grammar, spelling, formatting, word choice, etc. Less is definitely more. Overworked readers SKIM through your script rather than READ it. Bear this in mind. And they skim…

The Rewriting Process – Dialogue


Here is the next post from Hal Croasmun’s Proseries classes on rewriting. Dialogue is not about characters telling the story. That is the domain of stage plays. Once you realize this, dialogue can be freed up to entertain your audience with memorable quips such as “You had me at hello”, “I’ll be back” and “Frankly,…

The Rewriting Process – Action


Here is the next post from Hal Croasmun’s Proseries classes on rewriting. Action is more than movement and nuances on the screen. It is not a simple matter of giving your character something to do. Action is distinct from plot in that an interconnection between the actions isn’t mandatory. Action can be divided as follows:…

The Rewriting Process – Situations


Here is the next post from Hal Croasmun’s Proseries classes on rewriting. A situation is the background action and circumstance in which the story happens. This is a key component to creating a visually stimulating and entertaining story. A visual stimulus doesn’t always inlclude explosions and plane crashes. Explosions can be metaphorical too at an…

The Rewriting Process – Character


Here is the next entry from Hal Croasmun’s Proseries classes on rewriting. Have you created main characters that A-list actors want to play. Ensure your lead character is unique in some way. Here are they key components of character construction: TRAITS Do they have  compelling core traits? Traits are often defined as predispositions such as…

The Rewriting Process – Overview


Here are extracts from Hal Croasmun’s Proseries classes on the purpose of a rewrite. I will break it up into eight consecutive daily posts to give you time to digest the information. For 95% of writers, rewriting is simply an editing process; correct a typo, change a word, shorten a line or remove a space….

What Do You Do With Studio Revision Notes?


Read them first. Did you hear the one about the actress you wanted to star in a movie? She slept with the screenwriter? Why? Because she knows we’re the most important part of making a movie. We are. Along with directors, producers, actors and above the line talent. My point? Don’t be precious. Don’t cling…

How To Wake Up Your Screenwriting Muse So It Works For You


Screenwriting is a 24/7 sport. There is no respite. You’re either  physically writing or thinking about writing. However, screenwriters aren’t always in a deep writing zone. That’s OK. Switch gears to another mode such doodling, researching, re-reading and earlier draft or engaging in an unrelated activity to unlock your mind. The primary rule that screenwriters…

Rewriting Your Screenplay. Because Screenwriting Is Rewriting


If other artists continuously tweak and fine tune their product until their exhibition, then we screenwriters do the same via the process of rewriting. A wise man wrote : “A poem is never finished, only abandoned.” – —  Paul Valery Similarly, a screenplay is never finished, just submitted. I mean it. Write that movie script till…