FIVE KEY STEPS TO WRITING GREAT DIALOGUE We frequently discuss the pitfalls of stilted dialogue. It’s a problem that hounds many screenwriters, especially our less experienced brothers and sisters. We will explore some of the do’s and don’ts of writing dialogue, but the entire solution can be summed up in one short sentence:Write like people […]
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WRITING BELIEVABLE DIALOGUE We frequently discuss the pitfalls of stilted dialogue. It’s a problem that hounds many screenwriters, especially our less experienced brothers and sisters. We will explore some of the do’s and don’ts of writing dialogue, but the entire solution can be summed up in one short sentence: WRITE LIKE PEOPLE TALK!!! Really, […]
Throughout the history of literature, protagonists have been the “heroes” of the story. Please note that I mean “hero” with a small “h.” Not necessarily a “superhero,” but rather the character who faces the central problem in the story and overcomes all of the roadblocks in order to succeed. Movies were no exception. In fact, […]
You’ve seen them- those amazing films where you sit at the edge of your seat. As a screenwriter, achieving that level of suspense and excitement can turn a good script into something special.
In a recent editorial, Peter Bart, EVP and Editorial Director for Variety, postulated that writers are becoming obsolete. Just take a look at the credits from most of the new movies made these days, and you will likely find the credits for direct or producer to be that same as the screenwriter. That is not […]
The fastest way to prevent interest in your screenplay is to use incorrect formatting. Given the simplicity and nearly flawless execution of modern screenwriting software, failure to adhere to the formatting norms is a fast track to the round file.
Posted with permission from Gideon’s Screenwriting Tips: (http://gideonsway.wordpress.com/2012/03/10/writing-effective-loglines/) Here is more advice by Christopher Lockhart, Story Analyst at William Morris Endeavor Agency. It’s a lengthy article packed with useful information on constructing loglines, so take the time to read it thoroughly.
Stories abound around us everywhere – in the news, on YouTube, TV and reality shows. It’s said that there are no new stories and as writers, it’s up to us to…
Remember that screenwriting is a marathon, not a sprint. Are you willing and able to go the distance? I’ve won one contest for my thriller, “Delusional” but have not had a film produced yet. But I continue to write and network every day. My time is…