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Billy Wilder Master Tips

While you can probably find these several places online, Gotham Writers has put together a whole series of "Tips from the Masters." Today's master is writer/director Billy Wilder known for many great films, but my favorite is "Some Like It... Continue Reading →

The Sequence Approach

Daily Dose: Story Structure One of the top screenwriting websites is Go Into the Story. With their backlog of great articles and topical current posts, they are a must read. Of course, we'll save you searching their archives by sharing... Continue Reading →

Writing a Winning Query Letter

Daily Dose: Selling Your Script Being able to write a solid query letter is an important tool when selling your screenplay. You need to hone this skill! Checkout Episode #42 of Screenwriters Beat where we are joined by screenwriting guru... Continue Reading →

Constructing a Story – Book Review

Another screenwriting book? Come on, it’s all been said before starting with Aristotle’s Poetics. No one really ‘owns’ teaching screenwriting. Maybe Syd Field could take a few books to task, but even he didn’t create the three-act structure or any... Continue Reading →

Outline Like an Expert

Daily Dose: Outlining Screenwriters Beat takes another look at outlining a screenplay to save time and write like a pro. The panel of working screenwriters offers up useful tips to outline better.  Screenwriters Beat Episode #45 - Advanced Outlines Biggest takeaway:... Continue Reading →

To Cuss or Not to #@%!

Daily Dose: Script Tip Including an F-bomb in the perfect spot can make screenwriters #@%! nuts. For spec scripts, less is usually more, but what swearing rules we should be following? Profanity can certainly get a reaction, but if you're looking... Continue Reading →

Final Draft 10 Review

Daily Dose: Screenwriting Software As the standard in Hollywood, Final Draft is the go-to screenwriting software. It has a close rival in Movie Magic, and even Scrivener is making a run to win the hearts of screenwriters everywhere, but have... Continue Reading →

Write Better Dialogue

Daily Dose: Screenwriting Tip Think of all the conversations you've had in your lifetime. At least a few, right? You'd think you'd have learned something about writing dialogue by now. Just encase you haven't met your quota, take some advice... Continue Reading →

Write Better Scenes

Daily Dose: Script Tip Scenes are more than building blocks of a screenplay. They are defined by stakes and conflict. Do you have enough in the right places? Follow the scene exercise detailed in this article from the No Film... Continue Reading →

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