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FREE eBook Excerpt – 7 Steps to Busting Writer’s Block

by Jeff Lyons

An e-book excerpt from the soon to be published book Anatomy of a Premise Line: How to Master Premise and Story Development for Writing Success by Jeff Lyons. 7 Steps to Busting Writer’s Block There are scores of books in the marketplace telling you how to handle writer’s block, but none of them tell you…

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Making an Image or Action Crucial to the Scene

by Guy Gallo

Liking an image is not enough. No one cares what you want, what you like. They care if the story is pulling them forward, interesting them, confusing them in interesting ways. In my years of teaching screenwriting, the most frequent response given by a student to the question “Why did you do this or that?”…

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FREE eBook Excerpt – The Moral Premise

by Jeff Lyons

An e-book excerpt from the soon to be published book Anatomy of a Premise Line: How to Master Premise and Story Development for Writing Success by Jeff Lyons. The Moral Premise This e-book discusses the single most important thing any writer or storyteller needs to know about when they create a new story: i.e., how…

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Writing for the Green Light – Putting Your Line-Producer “Blinders” On

by Scott Kirkpatrick

There’s lots of producers on a movie. . . . There’s the producer-producers (the ones who carry the project from beginning to end, who hustle and grind, hire and fire, and manage the project from concept to completion), there’s executive producers (who effectively represent the money or the financial interests behind the film, or are…

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FREE eBook Excerpt – Character Development: What They Don’t Teach You

by Jeff Lyons

An e-book excerpt from the soon to be published book Anatomy of a Premise Line: How to Master Premise and Story Development for Writing Success by Jeff Lyons. Character Development: What They Don’t Teach You All fictional supporting characters fall into three basic categories, and writers need to understand these categories BEFORE they start writing….

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Character Driven vs. Plot Driven

by Guy Gallo

Character Driven vs. Plot Driven You will often hear films described as either character–driven or plot–driven. I think this is a false dichotomy. All films are character driven. All films have plot. These labels tell something, it’s true, about emphasis. And, for the most part, it’s become something of a commonplace that smaller, independent films…

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Writing for the Green Light – The Genre You Choose Says A Lot About You

by Scott Kirkpatrick

The stereotype about Hollywood is that it’s filled to the brim with wannabe writers (and this stereotype is completely true). But contrary to popular belief, most of these wannabes are actually good at writing and the majority of them possess the endurance to deliver a quality 100-page script. The problem is that most screenwriters consistently…

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You Need a Logline

by Xander Bennett

Screenwriting Tip #12: If you don’t know your own logline, you probably don’t know what your script is about. Some writers will tell you they don’t have a logline. Their screenplay is “too complex” or “too character-driven,” or they just didn’t bother to think of one before they started writing. These writers are either idiots…

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Defining Conflict

by Michael Rabiger

Conflict is essential to drama, but can be defined in different ways and take many different forms. Conflict can come from external factors, from within a character, or arise from a combination of forces. Person versus person (external conflict) Person versus environment or social institution (external conflict) Person versus a task they are compelled to…

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Writing for the Green Light – Hollywood’s Biggest Secret

by Scott Kirkpatrick

The big secret that almost never gets told to anyone outside Hollywood’s professional walls: Most films are green-lit before a final script exists. Think this is crazy? It’s not; it’s absolutely the truth. If a studio or an independent production company knows who their audience is, knows what channels and platforms will showcase their finished…

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