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. And learn even more at scriptmag.com.

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The Four Commandments of Writing Good Sentences

If you want to write a good sentence, don’t pay any attention to your grammar. I don’t mean “a sentence this like OK is.” I mean don’t automatically think you’ve written a good sentence just because it’s grammatically correct. Lots of bad sentences...

Challenging the Limits of Memory

In this excerpt from Writing Life Stories, Bill Roorbach teaches you how to pay attention to and translate your memories and how to overcome your resistance to remembered places and events.

Interview With An Author: Moving From Scripts to Novels

James Manos Jr. shares his experiences with the ups and downs of writing his first novel, Little Ellie Claus (Pocket Books; $15.95). Manos, who won a 1999 Emmy Award for writing for a dramatic series for the "College" episode of The Sopranos, also discusses the differences between writing a novel and...

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.