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Character Studies, Writing the Immigrant Experience, and Six Adaptation Steps Before You Adapt a Book (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, navigate different character study approaches in your writing, and tracking emotional journeys.

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, navigate different character study approaches in your writing, and tracking emotional journeys. Plus, interviews with “The Dropout” creator Elizabeth Meriwether, “The Essex Serpent” writer and executive producer Anna Symon, “The Flight Attendant: director Pete Chatmon, and so much more!

Tracking the Emotional Journey: An Interview “The Dropout” Creator Elizabeth Meriwether

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Creator, showrunner, and writer Elizabeth Meriwether speaks with Script about what fascinated her about Holmes' story and character, the importance of setting tone and following her emotional journey as the anchor of the show.

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Hitler, Napoleon, Dinosaurs: Writing Your Historical Characters as Fictional Ones

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Once we make a historical character a part of our story – we own that character. It’s our character now, and we can do whatever we want with that character, for the sake of telling the best story we possibly can.

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The Game of Writing the Ensemble Comedy: An Interview with Gatlopp Screenwriter Jim Mahoney

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Screenwriter and star Jim Mahoney speaks with Script about how this story idea came to be, his creative collaboration with director Alberto Belli and his approach to writing an ensemble of grounded characters with unique voices.

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The Soul of the Story: An Interview with “The Essex Serpent” Writer and Executive Producer Anna Symon

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Anna Symon speaks with Script about the adaptation process, the amount of research she and the writer's room conducted, charting character arcs, and she share's invaluable advice for writers interested in adapting a book into a screenplay.

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Character Study with Apples Filmmaker Christos Nikou

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Christos Nikou speaks with Script about his feature directorial debut, how and when this story idea came to be, his interest in character studies and the creative choices behind the aspect ratio, and much more.

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Where Genre Has No Limits: Spotlight on Screenwriter Delé Adams

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Screenwriter Delé Adams shares with Script his favorite genres to write in, what inspired him to become a screenwriter and the importance of not shying away from feedback.

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Being a Story Custodian: A Conversation with Rise Screenwriter Arash Amel

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The Antetokounmpos family story couldn’t have been placed in better hands than with screenwriter Arash Amel. The A Private War writer, through artful storytelling and characters cemented in their values, quietly and confidently conveys a story of hope and victory. He didn’t seek out the story, it found him.

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Writing the Immigrant Experience with HBO Max's “Gordita Chronicles” Creator Claudia Forestieri and Showrunner Brigitte Muñoz-Liebowitz

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Claudia Forestieri and Brigitte Muñoz-Liebowitz speak with Script about the show's conception, their approach to finding the comedy within their lived experiences, staffing their room with diverse voices, the importance of telling and seeing immigrant stories, and why they became writers themselves.

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Not Just Another Pretty Face: Elvis Film Review

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Baz Luhrmann’s vivacious directing style is his signature. Elvis is deified and not examined as a person. We don’t find out any information we don’t already know. It just takes the easy route in portraying a complicated soul who was the first rock star.

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Six Adaptation Steps Before You Adapt That Book

Six Adaptation Steps

You’ve found a novel, short story, or stage play that would be perfect for a movie. And now you want to adapt it. How do you go about it? Is the process the same for both famous works and unknown works? And what are the legal issues?

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How Director Pete Chatmon Dove into the Mind Palace of "The Flight Attendant"

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Director Pete Chatmon shares with Script about his approach to directing episode five of season two, how he approaches breaking down a character's emotional journey, his filmmaking journey and more!

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Historical Fiction Authors Don’t Expect Their Characters’ Battles To Appear in Modern Headlines, but Here We Are

Historical Fiction Authors Don’t Expect Their Characters’ Battles To Appear in Modern Headlines, but Here We Are

What happens to historical fiction when history repeats itself? Author Addison Armstrong discusses writing about the past and seeing it reflected in the present.

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Art and Independence (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, exclusive interviews with Neil Gaiman’s “The Sandman” television writer Vanessa Benton, Allegoria writer-director Spider One, Hulu’s Prey screenwriter Patrick Aison and director Dan Trachtenberg, and more!

Steven Hartov: On Shocking Truths in Historical Fiction

Steven Hartov: On Shocking Truths in Historical Fiction

New York Times bestselling author Steven Hartov discusses the surprising truths he discovered when writing his new historical fiction novel, The Last of the Seven.

Larry Beinhart: On Rejection Leading to Mystery

Larry Beinhart: On Rejection Leading to Mystery

Award-winning author Larry Beinhart discusses what he learned in the process of writing his new mystery novel, The Deal Goes Down.

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WD Presents: A Competition Announcement, 6 WDU Courses, and More!

This week, we're excited to announce our self-published e-book awards, 6 WDU courses, and more!

Leah Franqui: On Killing Our Critical Inner Voices

Leah Franqui: On Killing Our Critical Inner Voices

Award-winning playwright and author Leah Franqui discusses how she examined her life through a fictive lens with her new novel, After the Hurricane.

Pacing Your Fight Scene (FightWrite™)

Pacing Your Fight Scene (FightWrite™)

Trained fighter and author Carla Hoch discusses how to pace your story's fight scene and shares three examples from writers who tackle pacing differently.

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Rushing the Drafting Process

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Rushing the Drafting Process

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so this series helps identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's mistake is rushing the drafting process.

Kwana Jackson: On Finding the Right Home for Your Story

Kwana Jackson: On Finding the Right Home for Your Story

USA Today bestselling author Kwana Jackson discusses writing her new romance novel, Knot Again.