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Are Screenwriters Becoming Obsolete?

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.

Writing Effective Loglines

Posted with permission from Gideon’s Screenwriting Tips: ( 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.

Want To Be A Professional Screenwriter?

Its why carpenters choose Makita, graphic artists choose Apple, and why screenwriters need…

How To Improve Your Story Outlines

Outlining is an essential process to storytelling. It helps you organize your thoughts into a logical order and remove or change the ones that don’t serve the story. Think of outlining…

Woolly Writing

As much as possible, screen writing is best kept clean, clear and simple. If the story line is convoluted, labyrinthine, moves across time zones, or periods in time, has many layers of plot that weave in and out…

Should I Self-Produce my Screenplay?

Many screenwriters contemplate producing their their screenplay as a viable alternative to traditional selling/optioning. Self-production offers a quicker path to see your screenplay become a film. But should you? The answer is…

How to Ensure That Your Screenplay Fails

Everyone seems to focus on what you should do to succeed as a screenwriter. We are getting a little bored with that, so we decided to focus on…


BACK TO ASA INSIDERS HOME BACK TO SCREENWRITING TIPS and IDEAS SCREENWRITING CONTESTS- THE REAL SCOOP So you’ve written an awesome screenplay, edited it to the bone, all your friends thinks it amazing, and you are itching share it with the world. As you scour the screenwriting sites, the words “SCREENPLAY COMPETITION” leap off your […]


BACK TO ASA INSIDERS HOME BACK TO SCREENWRITING TIPS and IDEAS SOCIAL MEDIA and MARKETING Screenwriting is like many other self-employment pursuits- work hard, produce quality work, and then… what? Simple- marketing, marketing, marketing.  But what if you don’t have a marketing budget? Enter social media. There is no greater marketing “bang for the buck” […]


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