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Navigating Screenwriting and the Business of Hollywood (From Script)

This week, we're excited to feature interviews with filmmakers Zoe Lister-Jones and Maritte Lee Go, advice on understanding the value of your intellectual property and how to protect it, and how to maximize suspense in your writing from ScriptMag.com.

In this week’s round-up brought to us by ScriptMag.com, read interviews with filmmakers Zoe Lister-Jones and Maritte Lee Go, advice on understanding the value of your intellectual property and how to protect it, and how to maximize suspense in your writing. Plus, a new monthly column "Ask the Coach" from Jenna Avery—this month Jenna answers how to tackle your three-act structure in screenwriting and more!

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INDIE SPOTLIGHT: Interview with Phobias writer/director Maritte Lee Go

INDIE SPOTLIGHT: Interview with 'Phobias' writer/director Maritte Lee Go

Maritte Lee Go, writer and director.

Script's editor, Sadie Dean, interviews writer/director Maritte Lee Go, one of the five writer/directors behind the new horror anthology film Phobias. The two discuss Maritte's approach to the anthology film, treating her writing like a day job and making it her goal to bring diverse and unrepresented voices to the forefront in her movies.

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Breaking-In the Biz: How to Protect Your Intellectual Property

Breaking-In the Biz: How to Protect Your Intellectual Property

Jon James Miller shares advice on understanding the value of your own work and the importance of protecting your intellectual property while navigating breaking into Hollywood.

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Zoe Lister-Jones' Cinematic Universe

Zoe Lister-Jones' Cinematic Universe

How It Ends, Courtesy of Mister Lister Films

Thuc Nguyen speaks with multi-hyphenate filmmaker Zoe Lister-Jones about her new film How It Ends and writing with your 'Younger Self' in mind.

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Ask the Coach: Not Three-Act Enough?

Ask the Coach: Not Three-Act Enough?

Ask the Coach: Not Three-Act Enough? with Jenna Avery

Welcome to the first installment of “Ask the Coach.” In this article, Jenna Avery answers a pre-submitted question about three-act structure, how to look for a note beneath a note, and digging deeper into improving your next draft.

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What Will Happen Next? Part 2: Suspense in Action

What Will Happen Next? Part 2: Suspense in Action

What Will Happen Next? Part 2: Suspense in Action

Make our hearts pound! Maximize Suspense in your story. Combine it with Tension and Escalation to become a powerful tool in your elevated writing arsenal. Find secrets to creating a true page-turner. Become a writer whose words engage us on the page—a writer the industry is eager to find.

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Writer's Digest Interview | Marlon James Quote

The Writer's Digest Interview: Marlon James

Booker Prize–winning author Marlon James talks about mythology and world-building in his character-driven epic Moon Witch, Spider King, the second book in his Dark Star Trilogy in this interview from the March/April 2022 issue of Writer's Digest.

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WD Presents: New Podcast Episode, a Chance at Publication, and More!

This week, we're excited to announce our newest podcast episode, your chance to be published, and more!

David Adams Cleveland: On Truth Revealing Itself in Historical Fiction

David Adams Cleveland: On Truth Revealing Itself in Historical Fiction

Award-winning novelist David Adams Cleveland discusses the timeliness of his new novel, Gods of Deception.

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The WD Interview: Lisa Jewell

The New York Times-bestselling British author discusses creating thrilling plot twists and developing characters in her 19th novel, The Night She Disappeared, in this interview from the Jan/Feb 2022 issue of Writer's Digest.

5 Tips for Successfully Pitching Literary Agents in Person (That Worked for Me at the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference)

5 Tips for Successfully Pitching Literary Agents in Person (That Worked for Me at the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference)

Author Anat Deracine found her agent at Writer’s Digest Annual Conference. Now she’s sharing what she’s learned to help other writers become authors. Here are her 5 tips for successfully pitching literary agents in person.

Tips for Reading Poetry in Front of an Audience

8 Tips for Reading Your Poetry in Front of an Audience

Poet's Market editor and published poet Robert Lee Brewer shares eight tips for reading your poetry in front of an audience.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Strength Lost

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Strength Lost

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, let a character lose their powers.

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Managing Point of View: Mythbusting

In the first of this three-part series, novelist and WD columnist Sharon Short breaks down 7 of the most common myths about choosing which POV is right for your story.

Channel Your Inner Authorpreneur for Your Writing Labor of Love

Channel Your Inner Authorpreneur for Your Writing Labor of Love

As self-publishing continues to become an attractive and popular options for writers, it’s important to know what you’re getting into and to have the right expectations. Here, author and entrepreneur Tom Vaughan shares how to channel your inner “authorpreneur” to help your book find its readers.