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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

And the Oscar Goes To…

Get the inside word on how three scriptwriting programs measure up. Read more

Donald P. Bellisario

Even after suceeding with old favorites such as Magnum P.I.
and Quantum Leap, this writer and producer is flying to new heights with JAG.
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Landing a Hollywood Script Agent

Agents of any stripe are tough to catch, but if you want to get the best deal for your script, you’ll need a script agent. Here’s how you can reel one in. Read more

The Secret to Your Script”s Success

The Secret to Your Script”s Success Read more

Anita M. Busch: Hollywood Reporter Editor

The words “writer in Hollywood” conjure images of screenwriters accepting Academy Awards and hobnobbing with movie stars. But to Anita M. Busch, editor of The Hollywood Reporter, writing is as much about power plays as it is about screenplays. Read more

The Ins and Outs of Hollywood

Are you a screenwriting rookie trying to make the movies major leagues? Be a hit in Hollywood with these 15 ins and outs of the industry. Read more

Interview with Amy Sherman-Palladino

The executive producer and writer for Gilmore Girls, Amy Sherman-Palladino explains the ins and outs of being a television writer. Here’s a little of what this award-winning scriptwriter has to say. Read more

An Insider’s Peek at Breaking Into Hollywood

Have you dreamed of writing movie scripts? Listen to award-winning author and Tinseltown insider John Morgan Wilson Read more

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