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Screenplay Structure is Important and Adapting a Novel for the Big Screen (From Script)

This week, we're excited to showcase articles on the essential elements to writing a cohesive screenplay synopsis, why it pays off to make your script structurally sound, and an inspirational interview with Boss Level writer/director Joe Carnahan, and an in-depth exploration of the adaption of A Wrinkle in Time from ScriptMag.com.

In this week’s round-up brought to us by ScriptMag.com, learn the main essential elements to writing a cohesive synopsis for your screenplay, why it pays off to make your script structurally sound, and an inspirational interview with Boss Level writer/director Joe Carnahan. Plus, an in-depth exploration of the adaption of A Wrinkle in Time from novel to screen.

MEET THE READER: "Why I Hate—Really Hate—Writing Synopses"

MEET THE READER: "Why I Hate—Really Hate— Writing Synopses"

MEET THE READER: "Why I Hate—Really Hate—Writing Synopses"

When covering a screenplay for a studio or a production company, the analyst’s brief is to read the script, write a synopsis, and then pen an assessment. Ray Morton shares four main elements a synopsis must present and why it pays off to put in the work to make your screenplay structurally sound to avoid a PASS from a reader.

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From Page to Screen—A Wrinkle in Time

From Page to Screen—A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Joy Cheriel Brown compares the adaption of the Disney film A Wrinkle in Time to its source children's novel, exploring which liberties the screenwriters took and left behind in adapting the novel to screen.

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INTERVIEW: Boss Level writer/director Joe Carnahan

INTERVIEW: Boss Level writer/director Joe Carnahan

Boss Level, Hulu.com

Boss Level writer/director Joe Carnahan shares his filmmaking journey with Script's editor, Sadie Dean. Plus, what a writer should focus on when writing action films, his excitement for making movies, why it pays off to put in the time and work hard on your craft, and he sprinkles in some wisdom for writers on writing.

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Texas Monthly: Market Spotlight

Texas Monthly: Market Spotlight

For this week's market spotlight, we look at Texas Monthly, an Austin-based regional magazine focused on stories about Texas and Texans.

Allusion vs. Elusion vs. Illusion (Grammar Rules)

Allusion vs. Elusion vs. Illusion (Grammar Rules)

Let's look at the differences between allusion, elusion, and illusion with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2021 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Guidelines

Prepare for the 14th annual November PAD Chapbook Challenge! Visit WritersDigest.com each day of November to get a prompt and write a poem. Then, use December and the beginning of January to revise and collect your poems into a chapbook manuscript.

How I Broke Into the Traditional Publishing World as an Indie Author

How I Broke Into the Traditional Publishing World as an Indie Author

Learn the process indie author Amanda Aksel went through in getting her novel Delia Suits Up traditionally published, including questions she asked herself and weighing one strategy against the other.

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WD Presents: 6 New WDU Courses, An Upcoming Webinar, a Competition Deadline, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce 6 new WDU Courses, an upcoming webinar, a competition deadline, and more!

Working With a Nonfiction Book Publisher Throughout the Process

Working With a Nonfiction Book Publisher Throughout the Process

A publisher accepting your manuscript is just the beginning, not the end. Author Rick Lauber discusses how to work with a nonfiction book publisher from query letter to release date and beyond.

From Script

Writing Empowered Superheroes in CWs Supergirl and Understanding Animation From the Trenches (From Script)

In this week’s round-up brought to us by Script Magazine, story editor Katiedid “Did” Langrock speaks with Reckless Creatives podcast. Plus, one-on-one interview with CWs Supergirl actress turned scribe Azie Tesfai about her groundbreaking episode and more!

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: The Characterless Character

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: The Characterless Character

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so this series helps identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake is writing a characterless character.

When Is My Novel Ready to Read: 7 Self-Editing Processes for Writers

When Is My Novel Ready to Read: 7 Self-Editing Processes for Writers

Fiction editor and author Kris Spisak ties together her seven processes for self-editing novels, including editorial road-mapping, character differentiation analysis, reverse editing, and more.