How to Write a Script, Writing Tips

If you dream of making it in Hollywood, seeing your words translated into film, or turned into the next great indie project, you’re at the right place. Get insights into writing the perfect spec script, crafting scenes, and developing that perfect opening plot point.

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And the Winner Is …

The grand-prize winner of the 2003 American Screenwriters Association/ Writer''s Digest International Screenplay Competition talks about teaching herself how to write a winning script.

Anita M. Busch: Hollywood Reporter Editor

The words "writer in Hollywood" conjure images of screenwriters accepting Academy Awards and hobnobbing with movie stars. But to Anita M. Busch, editor of The Hollywood Reporter, writing is as much about power plays as it is about screenplays.

The Dirty Dozen

Scripts columnist Cynthia Whitcomb explains the "dirty dozen" of producer/director Tony Bill. These 12 easy-to-follow rules could make the difference between a script sold or scrapped.

Alfred Gough

Al Gough and Miles Miller have written some super shows and movies. Now they expand their talents to their own TV series, Smallville.

First Success: Gigi Levangie Grazer’s Rescue Me

Gigi Levangie Grazer, a screenwriter whose original screenplay Stepmom became a movie starring Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon, is celebrating the release of her first novel Rescue Me (Simon & Schuster). Grazer talks to Writer's Digest about her inspiration, plans for her next project and her various writing habits and rituals.

Great Endings

You can craft all the Oscar-winning dialogue you want, but if your last scene isn't up to snuff, your movie won't make it.

Bill Lawrence

From politicians to doctors, the co-creator of Spin City starts up his newest sitcom, Scrubs, under the spotlight of Thursday prime time.