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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People We Care About

Sep 17, 2013 by

This Sunday Downton Abbey goes up against Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Homeland, Mad Men and House of Cards to try to win its first...

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All-time best written series

Jun 28, 2013 by

I couldn’t resist creating a chart that breaks down the recent WGA member-voted “Best written series of all time”...

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Specs that sold in 2012

Jun 15, 2013 by

SCRIPT Magazine has published my article analyzing the common elements of screenplays that sold in 2012.  One of the key things that...

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