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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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How I Broke Into the Traditional Publishing World as an Indie Author

How I Broke Into the Traditional Publishing World as an Indie Author

Learn the process indie author Amanda Aksel went through in getting her novel Delia Suits Up traditionally published, including questions she asked herself and weighing one strategy against the other.

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WD Presents: 6 New WDU Courses, An Upcoming Webinar, a Competition Deadline, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce 6 new WDU Courses, an upcoming webinar, a competition deadline, and more!

Working With a Nonfiction Book Publisher Throughout the Process

Working With a Nonfiction Book Publisher Throughout the Process

A publisher accepting your manuscript is just the beginning, not the end. Author Rick Lauber discusses how to work with a nonfiction book publisher from query letter to release date and beyond.

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Writing Empowered Superheroes in CWs Supergirl and Understanding Animation From the Trenches (From Script)

In this week’s round-up brought to us by Script Magazine, story editor Katiedid “Did” Langrock speaks with Reckless Creatives podcast. Plus, one-on-one interview with CWs Supergirl actress turned scribe Azie Tesfai about her groundbreaking episode and more!

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: The Characterless Character

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: The Characterless Character

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so this series helps identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake is writing a characterless character.

When Is My Novel Ready to Read: 7 Self-Editing Processes for Writers

When Is My Novel Ready to Read: 7 Self-Editing Processes for Writers

Fiction editor and author Kris Spisak ties together her seven processes for self-editing novels, including editorial road-mapping, character differentiation analysis, reverse editing, and more.

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Englyn Unold Crwca: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the englyn unold crwca, a Welsh quatrain form.

5 Things for Writers to Keep in Mind When Writing About Spies

5 Things for Writers to Keep in Mind When Writing About Spies

A spy thriller requires more than a compelling story and clever plot twists—the characters need to feel real. Author Stephanie Marie Thornton offers 5 tips for constructing believable spy characters.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Unexpected Team Up

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Unexpected Team Up

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, it's time for a little unexpected team work.