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Interviews with Independent Filmmakers and Advice on How to Find an Idea Person for Your Story (From Script)

In this week’s round-up, interviews with independent filmmakers who used their entrepreneurial skillsets to make their horror films to topical coming of age stories and advice on how to find the right idea person for your stories.

In this week’s round-up brought to us by ScriptMag.com, interviews with independent filmmakers who used their entrepreneurial skillsets to make their horror films to topical coming of age stories, and advice on how to find the right idea person for your stories. Plus, a new column, “Where Genre Has No Limits,” shining a light on screenwriter Caitlin McCarthy.

INTERVIEW: Mood Swings Creator/Writer/Producer Crystal Hunt

INTERVIEW: Mood Swings Creator/Writer/Producer Crystal Hunt

Mood Swings creator/writer/producer shares her show’s journey, her acting background as a successful soap actress, and what she’s learned from her many years in the industry that has helped better serve her writing, producing, and as an overall leader on her TV show.

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Where Genre Has No Limits: Spotlight on Screenwriter Caitlin McCarthy

Where Genre Has No Limits: Spotlight on Screenwriter Caitlin McCarthy

In this new column, Script contributor Nanea Taylor shines the spotlight on screenwriter Caitlin McCarthy.

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INDIE SPOTLIGHT: Take Out Girl Director/Co-Writer Hisonni Johnson

INDIE SPOTLIGHT: Take Out Girl Director/Co-Writer Hisonni Johnson

Script's editor Sadie Dean interviews Take Out Girl director/co-writer Hisonni Johnson about his filmmaking journey starting out in Milwaukee, surrounded by a crack epidemic and gang violence, to picking up his first camera, moving to Los Angeles, and creating universal stories for people by the people.

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Interview with Seance Writer/Director Simon Barrett

Interview with Seance Writer/Director Simon Barrett

Seance writer/director Simon Barrett shares insight behind his love of the horror genre, how he broke into the business, working on the cult favorite film VHS, and his fascinating background as a private investigator.

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Ask the Coach: How Can I Find an Idea Person for My Story?

Ask the Coach: How Can I Find an Idea Person for My Story?

Welcome back to “Ask the Coach.” As a writing coach, I answer questions from writers about how to make the work of writing happen, as well as tackling craft questions in my editorial capacity. In today’s article, I’m answering a question about finding an idea person.

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INDIE SPOTLIGHT: Dementia: Part II Filmmakers Matt Mercer and Mike Testin

INDIE SPOTLIGHT: Dementia: Part II Filmmakers Matt Mercer and Mike Testin

Script's editor Sadie Dean interviews Dementia: Part II filmmakers Matt Mercer and Mike Testin. The filmmakers share their collaboration process and how they made their low-budget indie horror movie in five weeks.

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A Conversation With Baron R. Birtcher On Social Media

A Conversation With Baron R. Birtcher on Social Media: Bestseller. No Website. No Me. (Killer Writers)

Killer Nashville founder Clay Stafford continues his series of interviews with mystery, thriller, and suspense authors. Here he has a conversation with bestselling novelist Baron R. Birtcher about author websites and social media.

How a Book Distributor Ended Up Selling Her Own Book

How a Book Distributor Ended Up Selling Her Own Book

Davida G. Breier’s publishing story is certainly one for the books. Here she discusses how, as a books distributor, she ended up selling her debut novel.

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Not Submitting Your Work

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Not Submitting Your Work

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake is not submitting your work.

Making Your Fiction a Place You Want To Be

Making Your Fiction a Place You Want To Be

Author Janet Key shares the feeling of not wanting to revisit the world she was creating and the tools she used to help make her fiction a place she wanted to be.

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.