Two types of TV stories

Two types of TV stories

Somehow an article I wrote for Script Magazine a while back never got added to my own website — and it’s about an important topic that I teach TV writers about all the time: the two different kinds of TV stories, and why it’s important to know which...
In defense of formula

In defense of formula

Script Magazine has just published my new article where I discuss the issue of “formulaic” writing, and the use of story structure paradigms to help guide the process of crafting a screenplay. It begins thusly: Writers often rebel against the idea that a...
Most Influential Screenwriting Blogs

Most Influential Screenwriting Blogs

I was honored to be listed as one of the “Top 10 Most Influential Screenwriting Bloggers” by former MGM executive and Good in a Room author Stephanie Palmer. She included me alongside such luminaries as and Steven Pressfield — whose book The War of...
Award Season Genres

Award Season Genres

SCRIPT MAGAZINE has published my online article where I break down the SAVE THE CAT “genres”, as I see them, of most of the big movies vying for Awards this season.  Check it...
Specs that sold in 2012

Specs that sold in 2012

SCRIPT Magazine has published my article analyzing the common elements of screenplays that sold in 2012.  One of the key things that I noticed was the pretty obvious SAVE THE CAT genres of each.  Here’s how the article begins:   We screenwriters want to sell our...
The Two Types of TV Stories

The Two Types of TV Stories

Script Magazine has published my new article delineating the two types of stories on television — “procedural” and “personal” — which are easy for writers to get confused by. It’s being posted on their website in connection...
ARGO and creative license

ARGO and creative license

Script Magazine online published my article about ARGO’s use of creative license today.  Here’s how it begins: Having adapted a number of true stories for the screen, I found myself wondering, as I watched Argo, which moments might have been created for...