How to beat writer’s block

If we are suffering from writer’s block, we must at least be writing. If writing were easy, everyone would do it (and other clichés that might make you feel better). The point is, we are now a screenwriter. A screenwriter is somebody who gets words down on paper and has … Read More

Beating the Hollywood Script Reader

    Once we finish a script and send it off to “Hollywood”, located at number 1 Hollywood Road, Hollywood, who will actually read it? With very few exceptions, our script will be read by a “reader”. Sounds obvious, but the Hollywood script reader is actually a very important and … Read More

Writing the second Act

The second act is the most difficult to write. It is the place where we are most likely to get stuck and give up, and the place where readers are most likely to get bored and drift off. Why? Because it’s 50 pages or more, and it’s less clear what … Read More

Starting your first screenplay

    Ready to be a screenwriter? The best thing to do is just jump in and start writing. We can be prone to using “learning” about screenwriting as a good tool to put off the business of actually writing. Our goal with our first screenplay is not to write … Read More

Do I need to live in L.A. to be a screenwriter?

Yes, we do, if our goal is to have a career as a Hollywood screenwriter. In their book Writing Movies for Fun and Profit, uber-successful screenwriters Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon discuss correctly the need to be in the heart of the industry. Studios, agents, and producers need you available at … Read More

How to get feedback on your screenplay

    Trust me when I tell you that the time, the energy, the heart and passion that we pour into our writing will make us strangely defensive of our work. Even when we solicit advice, we hate to be told that what we have written doesn’t work, because what … Read More