Opinion

Short Subject by Joe Ochman

Last week I drove to Palm Springs to attend The Palm Springs International Short Film Festival. A film in which I was fortunate enough to appear was premiering there. The themed evening my film was a part of – Odd Couples – featured a wide assortment...

Ensemble, Multi-Perspective, Serialized Narratives Hit Network TV by Allison Kiessling

So, there’s been a lot of discussion about how the rise of asynchronous viewing (online or via DVR) and binge watching are opening up new narrative options for TV shows. Namely, you can now make a TV show heavily serialized without fear of losing...

Letting Your Characters Talk by Mark Paskell

INT. WRITING OFFICE – DAY Mark sits at the computer, polishing off another brilliant chunk of witty, Oscar©-worthy dialogue.                                                                       ...

THE TWO-WEEK CHALLENGE or What Does It Mean to Be a Working Writer? by Katherine Boutry

Does being a “working writer” mean getting paid for your words? Maybe, eventually. But Samuel Beckett, Edgar Allan Poe, and Jane Austen among many others hardly made a dime off their writing. Nabokov and Dickens and the Romantic Poets were ridiculously...

Think Like a Student by Ron Moscovitz

A couple of days ago, I got an email from an M.F.A. student at U.S.C. He’d seen a few things I’d posted online, and asked if he could buy me a cup of coffee and pick my brain. I said sure. What writer doesn’t like free coffee? So we...

Joe Czop LaBritz Recommends Eric Edson’s “The Story Solution”

The age-old, ongoing fight of screenwriters is how to bridge the cavernous gap across Act II.  Or perhaps you’re able to bridge the gap, but the bridge sags in too many places, wherein the interest of the reader sags, too.  Many books offer theories...

Notes: A Path Forward by Allison Kiessling

I’ve been in a lot of writers groups, but I’ve never experienced a note-giving process as intense as what we do at ScriptWrights. As note-givers, we listen to a section of script and are then immediately asked to give feedback. Thus, a process that...

Ideas are Cheap by Angelle Haney Gullet

  “If you want to have good ideas, you must have many ideas. Most of them will be wrong, and what you have to learn is which ones to throw away.”                          – Linus Pauling, noted chemist and Nobel laureate   “Ideas...

The “True Story” Conundrum by Shelli Wright

There are so many interesting people and situations in our lives, you could write nothing but true stories your whole life and never run out. In fact, most of this year’s award noms are based on a true story… Dallas Buyers Club, Blue Jasmine,...

Adapting from the Public Domain by Jeremy Anderson

It’s easy to look at the slate of recent, current and forthcoming television shows and movies and think – Hollywood is out of ideas. They’re all sequels, prequels, reboots, or remakes. As a young writer, it’s easy to grow frustrated, knowing that...