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Exploring Emotionally Complex Characters and Writing What You Know (From Script)

In this week’s round up from Script, learn how to resolve writing blocks that can help you resolve life blocks, writing emotionally rich and complex characters, and so much more.

In this week’s round up brought to us by ScriptMag.com, learn how to resolve writing blocks that can help you resolve life blocks, writing emotionally rich and complex characters, and meet Guy Crawford, featured in our Horror Screenwriters on the Verge Spotlight column. Plus, a one-on-one interview with HBO Max’s Emmy-nominated show "Hacks", creator and showrunner Jen Statsky!

WRITE TO LIVE: How Writing Scripts Can Change Your Life

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It’s easy to see that our first script is usually autobiographical to some extent. Why? Of course, we write what we know, but I also believe we have something inside that needs to be expressed and dealt with. Once it’s out, it clears the creative pipes so more creativity can flow.

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Horror Screenwriters on the Verge Spotlights Screenwriter Guy Crawford

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Script contributor Nanea Taylor speaks with up-and-coming Horror screenwriter Guy Crawford about his horror scripts, his New Orleans background and how his home is reflected in his work, what projects he's currently working on, and more!

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INDIE SPOTLIGHT: Interview with 'Summer Days, Summer Nights' Filmmaker Edward Burns

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Script's Editor Sadie Dean interviews indie filmmaker Edward Burns about his new ensemble film Summer Days, Summer Nights, his journey starting out as an English major to finding his passion as a screenwriter and director, and forging his own path as an independent storyteller.

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Finding Honesty in Dark Corners with No Man of God Director Amber Sealey

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Director Amber Sealey corners her flawed characters in her new film No Man of God, by tapping into human connection, trust and deceit. In this interview, Amber touches on what draws her to flawed characters, effectively communicating with her cast and offers advice for budding filmmakers.

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Writing Generational Perspectives with "Hacks" Creator and Showrunner Jen Statsky

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Script's Editor Sadie Dean speaks one-on-one with 'Hacks' creator and showrunner Jen Statsky about the exploration of the characters of the show, her traditional and non-traditional journey to becoming a TV writer, and what she hopes for the future of television content.

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Tyler Moss | Reporting Through Lens of Social Justice

Writing Through the Lens of Social Justice

WD Editor-at-Large Tyler Moss makes the case for reporting on issues of social justice in freelance writing—no matter the topic in this article from the July/August 2021 issue of Writer's Digest.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Intentional Trail

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Intentional Trail

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character leave clues for people to find them.

Sharon Maas: On Books Finding the Right Time

Sharon Maas: On Books Finding the Right Time

Author Sharon Maas discusses the 20-year process of writing and publishing her new historical fiction novel, The Girl from Jonestown.

6 Steps to Becoming a Good Literary Citizen

6 Steps to Becoming a Good Literary Citizen

While the writing process may be an independent venture, the literary community at large is full of writers who need and want your support as much as you need and want theirs. Here, author Aileen Weintraub shares 6 steps in becoming a good literary citizen.

Daniel Paisner: On the Pursuit of a Creative Life

Daniel Paisner: On the Pursuit of a Creative Life

Journalist and author Daniel Paisner discusses the process of writing his new literary fiction novel, Balloon Dog.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 614

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 summer poem.

Give Your Characters a Psych Eval

Give Your Fictional Characters a Psych Eval

TV writer, producer, and novelist Joshua Senter explains why characters can do absolutely anything, but it's important to give them a psych eval to understand what can lead them there.

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Writer's Digest Presents: Vacation Reads (Podcast, Episode 6)

In the sixth episode of the Writer's Digest Presents podcast, we talk about what makes for a good vacation read, plus a conversation with authors Steven Rowley and Jessica Strawser and our first ever WD Book Club selection from debut author Grace D. Li.

Trend Chaser

Trend Chaser

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, an attempt to join an online trend has gone wrong.