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How to Find the Right Reader for Feedback, Writing Female Characters and Tapping into Emotionally Authentic Characters (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script Magazine, read film reviews from Tom Stemple, part three of writing female characters, interviews with Free Guy scribes Zak Penn and Matt Lieberman, The Eyes of Tammy Faye screenwriter Abe Sylvia, and more!

In this week’s round up brought to us by ScriptMag.com, read film reviews from Tom Stemple, part three of writing female characters, interviews with Free Guy scribes Zak Penn and Matt Lieberman, The Eyes of Tammy Faye screenwriter Abe Sylvia, and more!

UNDERSTANDING SCREENWRITING: LEFTOVERS

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Tom catches up on some films that have been around for a while, such as Shiva Baby, Kajillionaire, First Cow, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, Soul, as well as one newbie TV show, "The White Lotus."

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WHY SPEC SCRIPTS FAIL: Female Part Over/Under Written or Over Exposed – Part 3

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Script contributor Stewart Farquar examines why the old "formula" of female characters is dwindling at the box office, how female characters are making a mark in independent and mini-series productions and why now is the time for scribes to treat female characters as people.

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The World of the AAA Screenwriter: An Interview with Zak Penn and Matt Lieberman

The World of the AAA Screenwriter An Interview with Zak Penn and Matt Lieberman

Zak Penn and Matt Lieberman are the scribes behind this freewheeling love letter to gameplay. Though they have very different perspectives, the commonality of their sense of humor and ability to invert the action narrative makes them complementary to each other’s style. The “open worlds” they create in many of their stories allow our imaginations to travel to uncharted territories, guided by their airtight storytelling.

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Contract or No Contract, Bess Meredyth Made Movie Magic

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Script contributor Dr. Rosanne Welch puts a rightful spotlight on screenwriter Bess Meredyth, Hollywood's forgotten silent era trailblazer and co-founder of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Grounding the Emotional Experience with The Eyes of Tammy Faye Screenwriter Abe Sylvia

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The Eyes of Tammy Faye screenwriter Abe Sylvia speaks with Script's Editor Sadie Dean about his filmmaking journey, his personal and impassioned kinship to Tammy Faye, and what creative decisions he had to make in order to put forth the best story possible. Plus, he shares invaluable advice for screenwriters interested in adapting true stories.

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Sneaking the Trojan Horse in Lady of the Manor with Filmmakers Justin and Christian Long

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Script's Editor Sadie Dean interviews filmmakers and brothers Christian and Justin Long about the impetus for Lady of the Manor story, their creative collaboration, sneaking in a Trojan horse for comedy and subtle social commentary, and working with their cast and crew.

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Ask the Coach: How Can I Find the Right Reader for My Script?

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In this installment of "Ask the Coach" Jenna Avery answers a pre-submitted question about finding the right reader for your script and genre.

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From Stage to Screen with Everybody’s Talking About Jamie Screenwriter Tom MacRae

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Screenwriter Tom MacRae talks about his new film and musical Everybody's Talking About Jamie, writing in historical and personal significance into the movie and adapting his stage play to a film. Plus, he shares insight on his lyric writing process and offers advice for scribes interested in writing a musical.

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Doubling Down on Authentic Storytelling with Best Sellers Screenwriter Anthony Grieco and Director Lina Roessler

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In this special double-header interview, Script's Editor speaks with 'Best Sellers' creative team screenwriter Anthony Grieco and director Lina Roessler about approaching storytelling, connecting to authentic characters, and tapping into your unique vision and voice. 

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Plot Twist Story Prompts: Backstory Change

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Backstory Change

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character's backstory change.

Writer’s Digest Official Book Club Selection: Portrait of a Thief

Writer’s Digest Official Book Club Selection: Portrait of a Thief

The editors of Writer’s Digest are proud to bring you the first book club pick, Portrait of a Thief, to read along with us.

6 Ways To Fight Your Inner Critics

6 Ways To Fight Your Inner Critics

For many writers, self-critique gets in the way of making much progress. Here, author Julia Crouch shares 6 ways to fight your inner critics.

Writing Allegory: A Convenient Place to Hide

Writing Allegory: A Convenient Place to Hide

Where realistic fiction felt both too restrictive and too revealing for author Susan Speranza’s transition from poetry to fiction, she turned to allegory. Here, she shares examples of famous allegories throughout history and how allegorical writing helped shape her novel, Ice Out.

Instagram: An Underutilized Tool for the Freelance Writer

Instagram: An Underutilized Tool for the Freelance Writer

In this post, author C. Hope Clark shares tips on how freelance writers can use Instagram as a tool to find more freelance writing connections, assignments, and overall success.

Jane Porter: On the Joy of Writing Mature Characters

Jane Porter: On the Joy of Writing Mature Characters

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jane Porter discusses celebrating the nature of getting older in her new romance novel, Flirting With Fifty.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 610

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a "different way of seeing the world" poem.

How To Research Topics Like a Journalist

How To Research Topics Like a Journalist

From in-person interviews to scouring the web for credible sources, journalist Alison Hill shares tips on how to research topics like a journalist.

Can I Have Your Attention?

Can I Have Your Attention?

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, an announcement is about to change the course of history.