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.
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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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What Is a Plotter in Writing?

What Is a Plotter in Writing?

The world of storytelling can be broken into many categories and sub-categories, but one division is between plotter and pantser. Learn what a plotter means in writing and how they differ from pantsers here.

Waist vs. Waste (Grammar Rules)

Waist vs. Waste (Grammar Rules)

Learn the differences of waist vs. waste on with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

Bridget Foley: On Writing Psychologically Potent Metaphors

Bridget Foley: On Writing Psychologically Potent Metaphors

Novelist Bridget Foley explains the seed that grew into her latest book Just Get Home and how she stayed hopeful in the face of rejection.

April PAD Challenge

2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 12

Write a poem every day of April with the 2021 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today's prompt, write a six words poem.

What Is a Pantser in Writing?

What Is a Pantser in Writing?

The world of storytelling can be broken into many categories and sub-categories, but one division is between pantser and plotter. Learn what a pantser means in writing and how they differ from plotters here.

Too Seen: The Intimacy of Copy Editing

Too Seen: The Intimacy of Copy Editing

Novelist A.E. Osworth discusses their experience working with a copyeditor for their novel We Are Watching Eliza Bright and how the experience made them feel Witnessed.

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WD Presents: From Our Readers Announcement, Upcoming Webinars, and more!

This week, we’re excited to announce a call for From Our Readers submissions, a webinar on crafting expert query letters, and more!

April PAD Challenge

2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 11

Write a poem every day of April with the 2021 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today's prompt, write a prime number poem.

Stephanie Dray: On Writing Women's Legacies

Stephanie Dray: On Writing Women's Legacies

Bestselling and award-winning author Stephanie Dray shares how she selects the historical figures that she features in her novels and how she came to see the whole of her character's legacies.