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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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Writing Goals and Intentions: 25 Prompts

Writing Goals and Intentions: 25 Prompts

Make this year your most successful writing year ever by considering the following questions to set your goals and intentions.

Is a Personal Essay Considered Journalism?

Is a Personal Essay Considered Journalism?

Journalist Alison Hill answers the question of whether or not the personal essay is considered journalism by defining the genre and offering examples. Plus, outlets for you to publish your own personal essay.

Forth vs. Fourth (Grammar Rules)

Forth vs. Fourth (Grammar Rules)

Learn when to use forth vs. fourth in your writing with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Bad Place

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Bad Place

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, make the setting the antagonist.

Gaslighting in Romance: From Jane Eyre to the Present Day (and Why Writers Should Care)

Gaslighting in Romance: From Jane Eyre to the Present Day (and Why Writers Should Care)

Gaslighting can work its way into the backstory of a character, but it can also be misused. Here, author Emma Barry discusses gaslighting in romance.

Brad Taylor: On Real-Life Threats Inspiring Thriller Novels

Brad Taylor: On Real-Life Threats Inspiring Thriller Novels

Author and veteran Brad Taylor discusses the research that led to his new thriller novel, The Devil’s Ransom.

How Roleplaying Helps Our Writing—and Our Marriage

How Role-Playing Helps Our Writing—and Our Marriage

As co-writing partners who fully embody the stories they tell in their writing process, authors Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka share how role-playing helps their writing, and their marriage.

How To Get Started in Copywriting

How To Get Started in Copywriting

From writing and reading to majoring outside of journalism, copywriter and author Robert W. Bly shares how to get started in copywriting.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 640

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 pursuit poem.