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Tips Before Entering Script Competitions and Navigating a Screenwriter Career Outside of Hollywood (From Script)

In this week’s round-up brought to us by ScriptMag.com, learn five essential tips before submitting your screenplay to contests, navigating a screenwriting career outside of Hollywood, interviews with independent filmmakers, and a behind-the-scenes look of how documentary filmmakers craft stories.

In this week’s round-up brought to us by ScriptMag.com, learn five essential tips before submitting your screenplay to contests, navigating a screenwriting career outside of Hollywood, interviews with independent filmmakers, and a behind-the-scenes look of how documentary filmmakers craft stories.

5 Tips Before Entering a Script Competition or Showing Your Script to a "Professional"

5 Tips Before Entering A Script Competition or Showing Your Script To a Professional

Follow basic rules, and you will give an amazing ‘first date’ impression to anyone reading your words. Tim Schildberger gives five tips to proactively check before entering your script into a contest.

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INTERVIEW: The Marijuana Conspiracy Writer/Director Craig Pryce

INTERVIEW: The Marijuana Conspiracy Writer/Director Craig Pryce

Script's editor, Sadie Dean, interviews writer/director Craig Pryce about his new film The Marijuana Conspiracy. The two discuss his filmmaking journey as a director, his storytelling instincts to focus on serving story first, what it was like re-creating a specific era, and tackling a true story.

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Documentaries Use Scripts, Too

Documentaries Use Scripts, Too

Most screenwriters have probably never thought twice about writing documentaries. But if you think about it, even an observational cinéma vérité style documentary needs someone to craft its story.

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INTERVIEW: State (Remix) Filmmaker Alain Nouvel

INTERVIEW: State (Remix) Filmmaker Alain Nouvel

Alain Nouvel discusses his globe-trotting journey to becoming a filmmaker, the process of editing his first feature, and how he was able to overcome artistic and logistical obstacles when filming.

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Should Aspiring Screenwriters Move to Los Angeles? Not Necessarily

Should Aspiring Screenwriters Move to Los Angeles? Not Necessarily

As the industry changes and more writers are finding representation, selling projects, and getting staffed remotely, you may find that you never have to move to Los Angeles.

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Indie Spotlight: Interview With Wildcat Writer/Director Jonathan W. Stokes

INDIE SPOTLIGHT: Interview with Wildcat writer/director Jonathan W. Stokes

Wildcat writer/director Jonathan W. Stokes shares insight on the importance of pre-production, the creative brevity of writing within a contained world, and how his improv background informs his writing routine.

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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!

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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.