by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Characters most effectively develop as a result of interacting with other characters. A standard trope in storytelling is that our protagonist will not figure out solutions to their conflicts on their own. They need experiences that will teach them what works and what doesn’t. They need training
by Angela Bourassa As head judge of the LA Screenwriter Logline Competition, I read a lot of loglines. Like, a LOT a lot. And I always come across the same problems. There are the loglines that are way too long, the loglines with typos (it’s just one sentence, people –
by Fin Wheeler Made a New Year’s resolution to get more serious about the way you write? Here’s a step-by-step guide to crafting a spec screenplay like a professional. (Read Part I here.) Step 17: Read Your First Draft Twice Now that you’ve had a break, it’s time to read the entire
by Fin Wheeler Made a New Year’s resolution to get more serious about the way you write? Here’s a step-by-step guide to crafting a spec screenplay like a professional. Step 1: Idea On every paid gig you’ll have to write from someone else’s idea. So, when it comes to your original projects,
by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) What causes an audience to care? Many writers have a difficult time being honest about what’s really at risk in their stories. But it is risk that audiences truly care about. When the stakes in a story are too low, people become unsympathetic to the protagonist on
Noam Kroll of IndieWire recently wrote an excellent article on the art of writing a logline. The logline is a one to two sentence description of your film that you will use to pitch your story idea to agents, managers, and producers. The logline is also an essential tool in
Tim John of Think Hollywood recently shared ten tips that he’s learned over his years of pitching to Hollywood execs. His list begins: 1. BE CONFIDENT BUT NEVER COCKY. Never be “Too smart for the room”. But don’t be self-effacing either. Many “El Laysians” just don’t get irony. I once
Dave Trottier of Script Magazine has written a clever article offering up the three best ways to fail as a writer.
James Hull has written a great article on Screenplay.com about how to figure out your main character’s arc.
Judy Kellem wrote this helpful article a while back on the art of writing a query letter that if concise, focused, and powerful.