How to tell a screenwriter that her screenplay needs work

How to critique a fellow screenwriter

Two immutable facts of life for screenwriters: 1) Everybody has a script 2) Everybody is a critic Three, actually: 3) Some screenwriters are super-sensitive and aren’t quite ready to handle brutally honest feedback just yet As screenwriters, we’ve all done “friend reads,” right? Me, despite doing script notes for a living, I still do get … Read more

5 Steps To Growing Thick Skin as a Screenwriter

Why screenwriters need thick skin

From my perspective at Screenplay Readers, I see the odds that are stacked against screenwriters every day, with every script that comes in and piles up in our queue, and I can’t help but think that many of these screenwriters sending in their scripts don’t share that perspective. I also can’t help but think that … Read more

Pass, Consider, and Recommend: What they really mean

Script coverage basics

In the late 1990s, I worked for legendary B-film maverick Roger Corman, who made Bucket of Blood and the original Little Shop of Horrors, and whose film company gave some of Hollywood’s greatest filmmakers their first shot at directing – Ron Howard, James Cameron, Joe Dante, Martin Scorsese – the list goes on and on. … Read more

Paid Script Coverage – How to Get the Most Out of It

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“Paid script coverage is another tool in a screenwriter’s toolbox,” as I explain in detail on the Unknown Screenwriter’s blog here,  I’ve been reading scripts and providing coverage for over a decade now, and I’ve seen a few screenwriters come and go without really maximizing their script coverage experience. So I thought I’d share a few … Read more

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