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Screenwriting 101: Dealing with Criticism

You’ve just spent endless months toiling away at your desk to force an idea out of your head and onto your computer screen. You save your beloved screenplay as a PDF file and giddily send it to your entire circle of friends. You preemptively pat yourself on the back, anticipating the pure storytelling bliss that […]

Screenwriting 101: The Antagonist

We love villains. Before superhero movies were all about the good guys attacking each other, the primary concern was always which iconic bad guy would be stirring up trouble. That Joker card at the end of Batman Begins got thunderclaps of audience applause. The kids at my high school were jumping up and down to […]

how to write great dialogue

7 Tips for Writing Great Dialogue

“I hate the dialogue! People don’t talk like that!” I’ve heard this complaint leveled against everyone from Aaron Sorkin to Diablo Cody to Quentin Tarantino. What some see as clever dialogue, others view as a screenwriter working hard to prove their intelligence. So what’s the answer? Should you faithfully replicate how a person actually speaks? […]

4 Mistakes Every Screenwriting Rookie Makes

It’s very hard to write a great script. But a good script? You can do that. For sure! This column will explore the ins and outs of proper screenwriting. There’s a lot to go over, but let’s start with some rookie mistakes. Avoid making these simple mistakes, unless you want to turn your reader into […]