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YA Storytelling, Writing Horror, and How to Create Tension and Conflict with Location (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script Magazine, exclusive interviews with horror filmmakers Simon Barrett, Elle Callahan, Kate Dolan, and Netflix’s ‘Nightbooks’ screenwriting partners Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis. Plus, how to create conflict and tension with the use of a singular location, and so much more!

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script Magazine, exclusive interviews with horror filmmakers Simon Barrett, Elle Callahan, Kate Dolan, and Netflix’s ‘Nightbooks’ screenwriting partners Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis. Plus, how to create conflict and tension with the use of a singular location, and so much more!

Interview with Nightbooks Screenwriters Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis

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Script Magazine contributor Nanea Taylor Taylor interviews Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis, the screenwriters behind the Netflix film Nightbooks, which is streaming now—produced by Sam Raimi and Mason Novick.

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Birds of Paradise Writer-Director Sarah Adina Smith on Capturing YA Storytelling with Dancing

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Script's editor interviews Sarah Adina Smith about the adaptation process from source material to script, the importance of how dance numbers served both story and characters, and her filmmaking journey.

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Where Genre Has No Limits: Spotlight on Screenwriter Elizabeth Ditty

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Script contributor Nanea Taylor speaks one-on-one with screenwriter Elizabeth about her writing journey, what stories she's driven to write, and her stretch goals for the next 5-10 years.

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How Adventures of a Mathematician Writer-Director Thor Klein Found Story in the Details

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Script's editor Sadie Dean interviews Adventures of a Mathematician writer-director Thor Klein about how his research influenced his screenplay and the importance of paying attention to every detail on screen. Plus, Thor shares invaluable advice for screenwriters adapting true stories.

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The ABCs of Horror: An Interview with Simon Barrett

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Script contributor Sonya Alexander speaks with horror filmmaker Simon Barrett about his latest film V/H/S/94, the influence of horror streaming platforms, and how the landscape of horror has changed since he first got his start.

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You Are Not My Mother at TIFF21: Bringing Rural Folklore to the City

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Script contributor Heather Taylor had the opportunity to speak to writer-director Kate Dolan about her feature debut, You Are Not My Mother, going with your gut, and embracing horror (despite what film school tells you).

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Making Magic with Witch Hunt Writer-Director Elle Callahan

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Script Magazine contributor Nanea Taylor interviews writer-director Elle Callahan on her upcoming fantasy, horror, thriller, Witch Hunt. The movie stars Gideon Adlon, Elizabeth Mitchell, and Christian Camargo, and is produced by Defiant Studios.

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Haunted Hangouts Crew Talks Horror Movies That Shaped Us and Our Latest Adventures Out in the Actual World

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Formerly known as the Ghost Bros, the newly dubbed Haunted Hangouts Crew, are back to tell you about the horror movies that made us. Get ready for this Halloween season and every Halloween season with us, as we explore what good and inspiring horror writing is to us.

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How Old Henry Writer-Director Potsy Ponciroli Used Location to Create Tension and Conflict

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Script's editor Sadie Dean interviews writer-director Potsy Ponciroli about his new Western Old Henry, how location was the leading vehicle in story and character discovery, and the importance of research. Plus, Potsy shares first-hand advice on writing period pieces.

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Writing About Real People in Historical Fiction: What Is Factual and What Is Imagined

Writing About Real People in Historical Fiction: What Is Factual and What Is Imagined

When writing about real people in a real time, how do you distinguish between what is true and what is imaginary? Patti Callahan discuss how to write about real people in historical fiction.

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The Fisherman

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, write about a fisherman.

Jenny Bayliss: On the Power of Second Chances

Jenny Bayliss: On the Power of Second Chances

Author Jenny Bayliss discusses the process of writing her new romance novel, A Season for Second Chances.

A Few Tips for Writing Personal Essays

A Few Tips for Writing Personal Essays

Here are a few tips for writing personal essays from the Publishing Insights column of the March/April 2021 issue of Writer's Digest.

Dispel vs. Expel (Grammar Rules)

Dispel vs. Expel (Grammar Rules)

Let's look at the differences between dispel and expel with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

Laura Davis: On the Story That Begged To Be Told

Laura Davis: On the Story That Begged To Be Told

Author and writing instructor Laura Davis discusses the process of starting, stopping, and starting again with her new memoir, The Burning Light of Two Stars.

From Our Readers

Which Writer or Work Made You Think About Point of View in a Different Way and Why?: From Our Readers (Comment for a Chance at Publication)

This post announces our latest From Our Readers question: Which writer or work made you think about point of view in a different way and why? Comment for a chance at publication in a future issue of Writer's Digest.

4 Tips on Research for Writing Novels and Stories Beyond Getting the Facts Right

4 Tips on Research for Writing Novels and Stories Beyond Getting the Facts Right

The kind of research you do can make or break your story's authenticity. Author Blake Sanz offers 4 tips on research for your novels and stories beyond getting the facts right.

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WD Presents: Annual Writing Competition Early-Bird Deadline, Seven WDU Courses, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce the Annual Writing Competition early-bird deadline, seven WDU courses starting this week, and more!