Screenwriter Networking – The Basic Do’s and Don’t’s

Screenplay Reader JBLast updated: Screenwriting

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Screenwriter networking is absolutely essential to any screenwriter’s career. People knowing people, referring people, befriending people — without any exaggeration, this is how films and television get made in the film industry. Once more for emphasis: meeting and working with film and … Read More

Five Ways to Write Better Female Characters

Screenplay Reader JBLast updated: Screenwriting

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Writing female characters seems to be a difficult thing to do for most screenwriters and tv writers. Bad female characters seem to be the rule rather than the exception. But there are writers working hard to change this paradigm, by … Read More

What Playing D&D Can Teach Screenwriters

C. E. TuckerLast updated: Screenwriting

Image of gaming dice with text that reads "Writers block? Take two of these and call me in the morning."

Screenwriting and Dungeons and Dragons (D&D). What possibly could a roleplaying game have in common with the century-old art and craft of writing a screenplay for film or television? What on Middle Earth could these two worlds have in common? Believe … Read More

3 Steps to Unlock Your Extraordinary Villain Within

C. E. TuckerLast updated: Screenwriting

Are you, as a villain, reaching your fullest, most extraordinary villain self? Or is your villainy being limited by mundane, mealy-mouthed tropes or other half-baked screenwriting mistakes made by your creator, the screenwriter? It’s time to take charge of your … Read More

How to Write a Logline With Stakes and Irony

C. E. TuckerLast updated: Screenwriting

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How to write a good logline?  Easy. Just make sure it has stakes and make sure it has irony. How to do that? Lemme ‘splain: First up, what’s a logline?  Well, a logline is a 1-2 sentence blurb that describes a film. … Read More