Time for more Lessons from the Screenplay, the wonderfully informative YouTube series by Michael Tucker. This episode compares Whiplash and Black Swan side-by-side, showing how similar these two films actually are in their investigation of the obsessed artist. Get out your notebook, and be sure to subscribe to Lessons from
Back by popular demand, we have updated our free one-page writing tracker for the 2018 calendar. Download this sheet, print it out, and hang it over your desk to keep track of your writing goals and milestones all year long. Download the chart here! Here are a few ways that
We thought we’d have some fun today comparing ourselves to the greats. Find out whether you’re more of a student of the Coen brothers or a disciple of Nora Ephron. Remember to share your results!
by Angela Bourassa (@angelabourassa1) As an aspiring screenwriter, you’re bound to sign up for online classes and get script coverage from a few different sources. You’ll visit websites like this one, and you’ll inevitably end up on some mailing lists. If you’re like me, you probably get incredibly frustrated by
Jeff Leisawitz, author of Not F*ing Around: The No Bullshit Guide for Getting Your Creative Dreams Off the Ground, recently interviewed the founder of LA Screenwriter, Angela Bourassa, about creativity as it relates to screenwriters. Check out the interview below. Hopefully it will answer some of your questions and inspire
The nice folks over at onewordnocaps recently shared this video with us, and it’s pretty awesome. If readers tell you that your side characters need fleshing out, you may be guilty of writing one of these people (we’ve all done it). Check out the video and share it with your
Our friend Jack Milgram from Custom Writing has put together a new infographic for writers on 28 boring words and words you can use instead. Check out this list whenever you’re stuck in a screenplay or pilot or manuscript and you just can’t think of a better word than “things.”
by Angela Bourassa (@angelabourassa1) I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: one of the biggest pitfalls about being an un-optioned screenwriter is the plethora of ways that you can spend money in pursuit of your dream. Coverage, contests, conferences, courses, coaches, consultants, and other things that start with
Several of you have asked for an updated writing tracker for 2017. We created one for 2016, and evidently people found it very useful. I had been struggling to find the time to put a new tracker together, but thankfully one of you stepped up and did the heavy lifting
The nice folks over at ProofreadingServices.com shared this great infographic with us — 128 Words to Use Instead of Very. We hope you find it helpful in your rewriting!