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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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Benjamin Myers: On Fleeting Moments Becoming Finished Novels

Benjamin Myers: On Fleeting Moments Becoming Finished Novels

Award-winning author and journalist Benjamin Myers discusses the out-of-body experience of having the idea for his new novel, The Perfect Golden Circle.

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WD Presents: 7 WDU Courses, a Chat With Ran Walker, and More!

This week, we're excited to announce even WDU courses, a chat about flash fiction with Ran Walker, and more!

Christopher Stollar | How to Crowdfund Your Book

How to Crowdfund Your Book

Crowdfunding in publishing has received a lot of attention in recent months. Successful crowd-funder and author Chris Stollar shares his tips for realistic and practical tips to make crowdfunding work for you.

12 Dos and Don’ts of Revealing Critical Backstory in a Novel

12 Dos and Don’ts of Revealing Critical Backstory in a Novel

How much backstory is too much backstory, and how do we know when we haven’t given enough? Here, bestselling author Jenna Kernan offers six dos and six don’ts of revealing critical backstory in a novel.

How and Why To Turn Your Play Into a Novel

How and Why To Turn Your Play Into a Novel

Award-winning novelist and playwright Lynne Kaufman discusses the differences, similarities, and benefits of turning your play into a novel.

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Thinking There’s Not Enough Room for Your Story

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Thinking There’s Not Enough Room for Your Story

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 mistake is thinking there's not enough room for your story.

The Head and the Heart: 5-Minute Memoir

The Head and the Heart: 5-Minute Memoir

In this article from the March/April 2022 issue of Writer's Digest, Lauryne Wright writes about rejection, rumination, and staying true to the creative voice inside ourselves.

Sophie Irwin: On Connecting With Readers

Sophie Irwin: On Connecting With Readers

Author Sophie Irwin discusses her pipe-dream-turned-reality of writing her historical fiction rom-com, A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting.

Getting Started Writing a Beach Book

Getting Started Writing a Beach Book

Sun, sand, and surf are only a fraction of what a beachside setting can bring to your stories. Here, bestselling author Amy Clipston helps us get started writing a beach book.