Screenwriting Around The Web #25

Screenwriting Around The Web #25

Welcome back to the newly rebooted series on The Spark: Screenwriting Around The Web.  Instead of simply compiling a list of interesting links, we’ll be diving deeper into what makes them interesting and how they impact aspiring screenwriters!

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Today we start with a video Variety posted listing 7 Tips for screenwriters:

While I don’t think many aspiring screenwriters can afford to pay someone to type for them, we can all appreciate hearing tips from Hollywood’s hottest writers.

Pamela Ribon? My daughter thanks you for Moana!

Moving on, Borgus Network has a video featuring Adam Coplan, author of Being Professional: A Master Guide To The Do’s and Don’ts of Screenwriting.

If you’re just beginning your screenwriting journey, learning common mistakes is vital to your success.  You have to eliminate all of the ‘easy’ excuses for readers to put your screenplay down.

I would also recommend How Not To Write A Screenplay by Denny Martin Flinn.

Recommended Screenwriting Spark:

Bang 2 Write lists 6 Things Not To Do When Submitting Your Script.  The article is full of encouraging words for any writer looking to win a big screenwriting contest.

Looking to write a short film?  Here’s a seminar by Mikel Wisler on how to structure a screenplay for a short film:

Looking for more short film screenwriting resources?  Check out The Ultimate Guide To Short Film Screenwriting Guide.

The Bitter Script Reader discusses aspiring writers blaming The Black List for the lack of a career boost.  He offers a lot of valuable advice writers may not want to hear.  Especially when they hear things like this script is not for me.

“Celebrate rejection like you would celebrate the end of a relationship with someone who it’d be a complete mistake to marry.” (The Bitter Script Reader)

Setting realistic goals for yourself is important but most important of all?  Write a good story and keep writing despite any obstacles put in your way.

NOTE: Last year, I wrote a script and entered it into the Nicholl Fellowship.  It didn’t make it past the first round and I decided to put screenwriting on hold.  I chose to focus on a other creative endeavors and let my brain exhale.  It’s hard for me to write ‘keep writing despite any obstacles’ without mentioning that I hung up my gloves late in 2016.  I like to think of my decision as a brief pause.  Screenwriting is still very much my passion.  So keep writing!!!  I certainly will!

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