October 2014 Issue
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Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards—Deadline Coming Soon!
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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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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
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
If you find yourself having a difficult time sustaining one tone over a long work, try these three tricks. Read more
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
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
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
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
Here’s how to turn your promising concept into a screen-worthy script.
by Jurgen Wolff Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Al Gough and Miles Miller have written some super shows and movies.
Now they expand their talents to their own TV series, Smallville. Read more
Use these 12 questions to see if your story could make it as a script Read more
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
You don’t have to be a script doctor to know how to fix a script that isn’t working. Here’s some first aid for scriptwriters. Read more
You can craft all the Oscar-winning dialogue you want, but if your last scene isn’t up to snuff, your movie won’t make it. Read more
There are nine different script formatting programs available on the market today.
Use our guide to discover which one is right for you. Read more