Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.
As this month is Women's History month, we wanted to take a moment to highlight one of the most important writers -- male or female -- of the last century. No, Toni Morrison isn't a screenwriter, but her thoughts on writing surpass form and are completely applicable whether you're writing a broad comedy or an... Continue Reading →
It's a form of screenwriting shorthand. If you want to indicate a character is bad or shady, you give him a cigarette.
I don't care who you are. When you sit down to write the first page of your screenplay, in your head, you're also writing your Oscar acceptance speech.
Not using dialogue can give a character an extra layer of personality. Think about the people in your life and their body language, the quirks they have and how it helps define what you think of them. One defeated shrug can speak to a characters entire philosophy of life... You've got the power to make... Continue Reading →
To make a great film, you need three things: a great script, a great script, and a great script.
I could be just a writer very easily. I am not a writer. I am a screenwriter, which is half a filmmaker... But it is not an art form, because screenplays are not works of art. They are invitations to others to collaborate on a work of art.
A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.
You can be across the world or in Los Angeles – great writers write. No matter where they are, they find their way to us.
I write as a function. Without it I would fall ill and die. It's as much a part of one as the liver or intestine, and just about as glamorous.