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How to Write a Script, Writing Tips

If you dream of making it in Hollywood, seeing your words translated into film, or turned into the next great indie project, you’re at the right place. Get insights into writing the perfect spec script, crafting scenes, and developing that perfect opening plot point.

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Writing a Screenplay: Using Structure to Develop Your Ideas

The following is a guest blog post by Fred Perry. Fred won first place in the screenplay category in the 82nd Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. He has also received script requests, … Read more

Selling Your Book’s Movie and TV Rights – What You Need to Know

If you’ve ever wondered how something gets made into a film—and how your work can be tapped for one, too—here’s the inside scoop on options. Read more

3 Tips for Consistent Tone

If you find yourself having a difficult time sustaining one tone over a long work, try these three tricks. Read more

Publishing 101: What You Need to Know

Here’s your step-by-step guide to the publishing process–how it works, why you need to know and how you can play an influential role in your book’s success.

by Jerry D. Simmons
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The Anatomy of a Writer’s Website

Whether you build it yourself or hire a designer, your website can do more than bring you into the 21st century—it can be an invaluable part of your marketing arsenal.

by Linda Formichelli Read more

Television Showrunners

Not all television executive producers are showrunners. The title isn’t even listed on credits. What does a showrunner do and how do you become one?

by Robin Rowe Read more

Book-To-Film Adaptation Tips

Douglas Preston, who frequently collaborates with Lincoln Child (they’ve penned 11 novels together and are best known for their Agent Pendergast series), recently shared his thoughts on adaptations, specifically the 1997 movie adaptation of their first Pendergast novel, Relic.

By John Folsom Read more

Turning a Novel into a Screenplay

Let’s face it: A novel and a screenplay are two very different creatures. It’s like comparing a housecat with a bobcat—both are cats, but one you want curled up on your lap and the other, not so much.

by John Folsom Read more

What Producers Want

Producer Lynda Obst loves literature. She’s shepherded five novels to the big screen with more in the works. So, what does the producer of films like Contact, How Lose A Guy in Ten Days, and The Fisher King, look for when reading a book or article?

By John Folsom Read more

From Idea To Script

Here’s how to turn your promising concept into a screen-worthy script.

by Jurgen Wolff Read more

Does Your Screenplay Need a Treatment or a Synopsis?

A treatment or a synopsis can be an indispensable tool, both for writing and marketing a screenplay. In this article, we’ll look at the relationship between the treatment, synopsis, summary, logline, scene cards and coverage. A synopsis can be a story guide for writing your screenplay, or be written afterwards as part of your film’s press kit. So, how do you write a good synopsis? First you have to know the basics.

by Robin Rowe Read more

The WD Interview: Diablo Cody

After taking home the Oscar for her very first screenplay, stripper- turned- memoirist- turned- screenwriter Diablo Cody is ready for her close-up.

By Chad Gervich Read more

Mobisode Writing Could Put Extra Cash in Your Pocket

Looking around at the proliferation of TV shows and movies, you might not think there’s anywhere entertainment vendors could squeeze in their products. But there is—and they’re looking for writers to help.

by John Scott Lewinski Read more

Online Exclusive: An Interview with Indiana Jones Scribe David Koepp

With blockbusters like Spider-Man, Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible and the newest installment of Indiana Jones under his belt, you’d think scriptwriter David Koepp holds the secret to Hollywood success. And in some ways, he does.

by Patrick McGilligan Read more

Being an Author in Hollywood

Trying to make a living writing books is difficult, so a word of advice to anyone who’s planning a move to Los Angeles: Stay right where you are.

by Marc Weingarten Read more

The Four Commandments of Writing Good Sentences

If you want to write a good sentence, don’t pay any attention to your grammar. I don’t mean “a sentence this like OK is.” I mean don’t automatically think you’ve written a good sentence just because it’s grammatically correct. Lots of bad sentences are grammatically correct. Some of these bad sentences might even be yours.

by Bonnie Trenga Read more

Challenging the Limits of Memory

In this excerpt from Writing Life Stories, Bill Roorbach teaches you how to pay attention to and translate your memories and how to overcome your resistance to remembered places and events. Read more

Interview With An Author: Moving From Scripts to Novels

James Manos Jr. shares his experiences with the ups and downs of writing his first novel, Little Ellie Claus (Pocket Books; $15.95). Manos, who won a 1999 Emmy Award for writing for a dramatic series for the “College” episode of The Sopranos, also discusses the differences between writing a novel and penning a screenplay. Read more

10 Final Draft Shortcuts

Get the most out of the best-selling software for screenwriters with these tips and tricks for unlocking the power of Final Draft Read more

And the Winner Is …

The grand-prize winner of the 2003 American Screenwriters Association/ Writer”s Digest International Screenplay Competition talks about teaching herself how to write a winning script. Read more

Scripting Unscripted Television

While reality TV shows don’t require scripts, it doesn’t mean they don’t have storytelling. Here’s how writers function in a reality genre that, in theory, doesn’t need writers. Read more

THIS WRITER’S LIFE: The Not-So-Silver Screen

Our bestselling author reveals what it’s really like to have a book adapted into a film, and why she continues to sign away her rights. Read more

Alfred Gough

Al Gough and Miles Miller have written some super shows and movies.
Now they expand their talents to their own TV series, Smallville.
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Screenplay Checklist

Use these 12 questions to see if your story could make it as a script Read more

First Success: Gigi Levangie Grazer’s Rescue Me

Gigi Levangie Grazer, a screenwriter whose original screenplay Stepmom became a movie starring Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon, is celebrating the release of her first novel Rescue Me (Simon & Schuster). Grazer talks to Writer’s Digest about her inspiration, plans for her next project and her various writing habits and rituals. Read more

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