Tag Archives: Screenwriting

Common Script Mistakes: Parentheticals–Let’s Kill the Wrylies

As a contest judge and script coach, I see all kinds of poor formatting, strange style choices, and grammar errors galore. If I can help you to avoid some of these surprisingly common pitfalls, my judging job will be easier, … Continue reading

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Stuck in your script? Have a breakdown – Tips from a script coach

We’ve all been there. You start off with an idea that you know has legs. There are captivating characters, fun twists, and maybe an original set piece (no one has driven a Lamborghini onto a helicopter yet!) or deep emotional … Continue reading

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Script Notes

As a script contest reader, I see the whole gamut from utter crap to sparks of brilliance. There are some writers I want to grab by the collar and say “please, delete your copy of Final Draft and do the … Continue reading

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Putting Your Writing First

In case you haven’t seen, PageCraft has posted many 2015 screenwriting retreats and workshops. The first one is a “Break Your Story” weekend focused on screenplay structure. Personally, structure is the biggest stumbling block for me so I’m always thrilled … Continue reading

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Taking Notes

One of the trickiest parts of being a writer is taking notes–not as in writing down a speaker’s words, as in absorbing and processing critiques. Notes are often not what we want to hear, and, depending on the source, can … Continue reading

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