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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25 Ways Reflective Writing Can Help You Grow as a Writer (and as a Person)

25 Ways Reflective Writing Can Help You Grow as a Writer (And as a Person)

Reflective writing—or journaling—is a helpful practice in helping understand ourselves, and by extensions, the stories we intend to write. Author Jeanne Baker Guy offers 25 ways reflective writing can help you grow as a writer (and as a person).

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Being Followed

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Being Followed

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, let your character know they're being followed.

Amanda Jayatissa: On Spiraling Out in Suspense

Amanda Jayatissa: On Spiraling Out in Suspense

Author Amanda Jayatissa discusses the fun of writing "deliciously mean" characters in her psychological thriller, My Sweet Girl.

3 Tips for Writing a Memoir Everyone Wants to Read

3 Tips for Writing a Memoir Everyone Wants to Read

A memoir is an open window into another's life—and although the truth is of paramount importance, so too is grabbing hold of its reader. Writer Tasha Keeble offers 3 tips for writing a memoir everyone will want to read.

Zoe Whittall: On Personal Change in Literary Fiction

Zoe Whittall: On Personal Change in Literary Fiction

Bestselling and Giller Prize-shortlisted author Zoe Whittal discusses the complexity of big life decisions in her new novel, The Spectacular.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 582

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

4 Myths About Writing Animal Characters

4 Myths About Writing Animal Characters

Author Codi Schneider debunks four myths about writing animal characters, including that audiences won't connect with animal characters and that they're only for children's books.

Voyager

Voyager

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, your character is a modern day voyager.

Stephanie Marie Thornton: One How an Entire Rewrite Added Suspense

Stephanie Marie Thornton: On How an Entire Rewrite Added Suspense

USA Today bestselling author discusses how rewriting a portion of her new historical fiction novel, A Most Clever Girl, added suspense.