Script coverage services

Script coverage services

What exactly is script coverage?  Is it a good thing to pay for, and how is it different from script consulting? I’m glad you asked. When someone “covers” a script, they analyze its perceived strengths and weaknesses, and write up a brief report about them.  The...
The Idea is EVERYTHING

The Idea is EVERYTHING

I’ve consistently found that most of the notes I have on any script I read — and certainly all of the most important ones — are notes I would have had on the basic idea behind the story, if it had been pitched to me before it was written. And so, the #1 piece of...
One-Day $95 Consultation

One-Day $95 Consultation

If you’re interested in getting professional-level feedback on something you’ve written or are writing — but want to do it inexpensively — this might be of interest to you. For the next 25 hours, I’m lowering the price of my...
Audiences are sadists

Audiences are sadists

If I could sum up the number one most common overall weakness in screenplays I read, it would be that the main character does not have a big enough overall problem, and a high enough level of difficulty and complications as they try to solve it. When you get the...
One-day Script Consulting Offer

One-day Script Consulting Offer

If you’re interested in getting professional-level feedback on something you’ve written or are writing — but want to do it inexpensively — this might be of interest to you. For the next 36 hours, I’m lowering the price of my...
Gordy Hoffman interview

Gordy Hoffman interview

Gordy Hoffman, award-winning Writer-Director (and founder/judge of the BlueCat Screenwriting Competition — which I believe is one of the top ten contests out there) recently interviewed me for BlueCat’s blog.  Then I interviewed him back!.  Here are his answers...
Finding the right genre

Finding the right genre

Blake Snyder’s ten “genres” and fifty “subgenres” in his Save the Cat books are my single favorite tool for screenwriters.  I have long believed that studying this system of story types, and making sure each script you write clearly fits...
Script Consultants: A Waste?

Script Consultants: A Waste?

A few years ago, screenwriter Craig Mazin wrote a blog post voicing his skepticism about “script consultants” —  titled “Screenwriting is Free“.  Craig (Identity Thief, The Hangover Part II) was advocating for aspiring writers, who he...
Don’t withhold; reveal, and complicate.

Don’t withhold; reveal, and complicate.

A writer I work with as a script consultant recently shared a phrase with me that came from her friend Craig Hammill (thanks, Craig!), which perfectly encapsulates a point that I often make with writers: “Don’t withhold; reveal, and complicate.” What...
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