The Problem with Flashbacks

May 24, 2015 by

Jumping around in time with flashbacks can be confusing in a script, and can make it hard for a reader to get oriented and settle...

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Gordy Hoffman interview

Oct 3, 2014 by

Gordy Hoffman, award-winning Writer-Director (and founder/judge of the BlueCat Screenwriting Competition — which I believe is...

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Screenwriting competitions

Oct 3, 2014 by

Screenwriting competitions — are they a good idea? Agents and managers I’ve talked to have emphasized that there are handful of top...

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Screenwriting’s #1 rule

Aug 16, 2014 by

Show, don’t tell.   These are probably some of the first words any of us ever heard in a screenwriting class. At first, it...

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Unlikable Main Characters

Jun 23, 2014 by

With the rise of somewhat unlikable main characters in cable dramas like The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, and True Detective, anti-heroes...

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In defense of formula

May 31, 2014 by

Script Magazine has just published my new article where I discuss the issue of “formulaic” writing, and the use of story...

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Left brain, right brain

May 10, 2014 by

So much of writing seems to be about “figuring stuff out.”  Figuring out what should happen in a story, or in a scene.  Figuring out...

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Dealing with Feedback

Apr 30, 2014 by

At all levels and at all points in the process of screenwriting, there are “notes” from others.  Whether it’s you...

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“Premise pilot”

Apr 7, 2014 by

“Premise pilots,” in my experience, are not seen as a good thing. But the definition of a “premise pilot”...

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Sellable Screenplay Concepts

Mar 1, 2014 by

My March 12 webinar on “Creating a Sellable Screenplay Concept” is now available from The Writers Store. In it, I...

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Award Season Genres

Feb 6, 2014 by

SCRIPT MAGAZINE has published my online article where I break down the SAVE THE CAT “genres”, as I see them, of most of...

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Serialized Storytelling

Jan 4, 2014 by

Over the holidays, I finally checked out HBO’s THE WIRE, a decade after its five-year run began.  I found myself binge-watching...

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