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Is the “MacGuffin” an Endangered Plot Device? (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, Tim Schildberger presents the question if the “MacGuffin” is an endangered plot device in screenwriting. Plus, interviews with “A League of Their Own” television series co-creator Will Graham, Netflix’s End of the Road screenwriter Michael J. Moore and much more!

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, Tim Schildberger presents the question if the “MacGuffin” is an endangered plot device in screenwriting. Plus, interviews with “A League of Their Own” television series co-creator Will Graham, Netflix’s End of the Road screenwriter Michael J. Moore and much more!

Queerness in Baseball: An Interview with “A League of Their Own” Co-Creator Will Graham

A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN - AMAZON STUDIOS

Warning: there is crying in baseball—at least if you watch this series.

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UNDERSTANDING SCREENWRITING: A Great One, and Some Others.

Brad Pitt in Bullet Train. Sony Pictures

Tom Stempel adores the mini-series “The Old Man,” and comments on Bullet Train, Nope, and Belfast.

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Is the “MacGuffin” an Endangered Plot Device?

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Over the years the MacGuffin has been an important part of the Three Act Structure of modern cinema. But are its days numbered? I say yes … and no.

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Exploring the Conceit in Adaptations: An Interview with About Fate Screenwriter Tiffany Paulsen

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Tiffany Paulsen shares with Script how the project was brought to her, the task of reenvisioning the concept and conceit, her filmmaking journey and what's next for her. Plus, she shares invaluable insight on how her acting career has helped the business side of screenwriting.

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Great Characters in a Great Situation: An Interview with End of the Road Screenwriter Christopher J. Moore

END OF THE ROAD (2022) Chris Bridges as Reggie, Shaun Dixon as Cam, Mychala Faith Lee as Kelly and Queen Latifah as Brenda. Cr NETFLIX

Christopher J. Moore returns again to speak with Script about his new movie End of the Road, and his latest books Justifiable and The Switch Family, which are in the works of hitting the silver screen in the near future. Plus, we talk about his writing journey, how he conceives ideas and he provides insightful advice for all writers starting out in the business.

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4 Tips for Writing a Modern Retelling

4 Tips for Writing a Modern Retelling

From having reverence for the original to making it your own, author Nikki Payne shares four tips for writing a modern retelling.

Faint vs. Feint (Grammar Rules)

Faint vs. Feint (Grammar Rules)

Learn when to use faint vs. feint in your writing with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples. Plus, we answer whether it's "faint of heart" or "feint of heart."

6 Books to Cozy Up With This Winter | Book Recommendations

6 Books to Cozy Up With This Winter

Here are 6 book recommendation perfect for winter reading.

12 Things to Consider When Writing Fight Scenes in Fiction (FightWrite™)

12 Things to Consider When Writing Fight Scenes in Fiction (FightWrite™)

Trained fighter and author Carla Hoch shares 12 things all writers should consider when attempting to write effective fight scenes in fiction.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Unreal Character

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Unreal Character

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character turn out to be less than they seem.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2022 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Next Steps

Here are the final steps for the 15th annual November PAD Chapbook Challenge! Use December and the beginning of January to revise and collect your poems into a chapbook manuscript. Here are some tips and guidelines.

Valeria Ruelas: On Teaching Tarot, Brujeria, and Witchcraft

Valeria Ruelas: On Teaching Tarot, Brujeria, and Witchcraft

Author Valeria Ruelas discusses the process of writing her new book, The Mexican Witch Lifestyle.

What Is the Hook, the Book, and Cook Query Pitching Technique for Writers?

What Is the Hook, the Book, and the Cook Query Pitching Technique for Writers?

Find out what "the hook, the book, and the cook" are in relation to writing query letters and pitching books to literary agents and book editors. This post answers the question of what each one is and how to successfully assemble the pieces.

Romance Retellings of Literary Classics

Romance Retellings of Literary Classics

Author Chloe Liese makes a case for the romance genre being the natural home for retellings, and shares some tips on how to write a successful romance retelling of literary classics.