Writing Craft

ATQ40: What’s the best way to get script feedback?

ATQ40: What’s the best way to get script feedback?

How do you like to give/receive feedback and notes on a script? Do you use questions, like Adrian Mead suggests: his ‘Power of 3’ idea? Are there certain things that can really help (or screw up) writers? Jonathan Young jyoungcreative.info Adrian’s Power of Three idea is pretty […]

ATQ38: What screenwriting software should I use?

ATQ38: What screenwriting software should I use?

There are so many screenwriting software packages on the market it can be confusing – and very expensive. But you actually don’t need to spend a lot of money.

Happy endings are for children, aren’t they?

Happy endings are for children, aren’t they?

When you write a story, or a screenplay, don’t fall into the trap of thinking that a tragic ending is somehow superior…

Flash forward openings are a cliche

A flash forward is an exciting scene or sequence, followed by words like ‘6 Weeks Earlier’, or ’12 Hours Earlier’ or ‘1 Year Ago’. At that point the story goes back in time to the real beginning of the story.From there we step forward from there until […]

ATQ36: How much research does a writer need to do?

ATQ36: How much research does a writer need to do?

How in-depth does a writer need to go to research a story? This is fiction, after all. Isn’t it best if I just make things up? I don’t feel very creative when I’m researching – it just seems like I’m stealing things. I should be more inventive shouldn’t […]

ATQ34: What makes a great spec script?

ATQ34: What makes a great spec script?

“If a spec script will never get made and is more of a showcase, what are readers/producers looking for that I should highlight in my writing?”

ATQ33: Is my script finished?

ATQ33: Is my script finished?

How do you know when you’ve finished a draft of your script? This article gives you a simple way to know.

Is story structure bad?

Is story structure bad?I know that many new (and some established) writers refuse to chart out their story before they start writing the script. They say going to script directly is a more creative way of doing it.Maybe it is, if you don’t mind doing triple the […]

How do you ‘tell a story in the cut’?

I want to refer you to a short film that someone showed me on Facebook this week.Dating back to 1988 apparently, it’s an extract from a feature called ‘The Bear’ by Jean-Jacques Annaud.This extract is just over 3 minutes long, and if you haven’t already seen it […]

ATQ30: If you could give one piece of advice…

ATQ30: If you could give one piece of advice…

If you had to give only one piece of advice to an aspiring screenwriter, what would it be? MariaScreenwriter Hi Maria, Thanks for this. The answer is simple when I think about it: Divide your time evenly between the craft, and your career.Both are equally important if […]

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