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.
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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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Mistakes Writers Make: Not Using Your Spare 15 Minutes

Mistakes Writers Make: Not Using Your Spare 15 Minutes

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake writers make is not using your spare 15 minutes.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Unexpected Visitor

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Unexpected Visitor

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, invite an unexpected visitor into your story.

7 Tips for Writing a Near Future Dystopian Novel

7 Tips for Writing a Near-Future Dystopian Novel

In this article, debut author Christina Sweeney-Baird explains how writers can expertly craft a near-future dystopian novel.

Pam Jenoff: On Writing About Isolation While Isolated

Pam Jenoff: On Writing About Isolation While Isolated

Bestselling author Pam Jenoff shares how she explored themes of isolation in her latest novel, The Woman with the Blue Star, while writing during the 2020 pandemic lockdown.

8 Ways to Add Suspense to your Novel

8 Ways to Add Suspense to your Novel

Authors Mark and Connor Sullivan are no strangers to utilizing suspense in their novels. Here, they share their top 8 tips for writers to do the same.

Lynn Painter: On Rom-Coms and Escapism

Lynn Painter: On Rom-Coms and Escapism

Author Lynn Painter discusses the strengths of the romantic comedy genre and how she utilized them in her novel Better than the Movies.

On Mining Humor From Family Dynamics in Your Writing

On Mining Humor From Family Dynamics in Your Writing

Humor often stems from things that are not humorous. Can you mine your family's dynamics for inspiration? Author Jesse Q. Sutanto believes you can, and gives you her top 3 tips for doing so.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 563

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write an after poem.

How to Inhabit the Character You Write About

How to Inhabit the Character You Write About

One key to engaging your reader is to give them a character they love to read about. Author Diana Souhami gives her top tips for making this happen.