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Make the first 10 pages of your script rock!

// July 3rd, 2017 // 2 Comments » // On Writing

Make the first 10 pages of your script rock!

by Glenn Magas

screenplayYou can improve your chances of getting past the ‘reader’ and getting your script into another door with a ‘green light’ or into the final rounds of a script writing contest by nailing the first 10 pages of your script. I mean NAILING IT! As in – making the first 10 pages of your script ROCK!

This is a essential writing tip  on getting attention from the reader – and eventually – the audience! (more…)

Writer’s Block – Stuck on a story then ask for help!

// June 15th, 2017 // No Comments » // On Writing

This article, “Writer’s Block – Stuck on a story then ask for help!”, is another article from a previous Writing Website – it’s mine so here it is on my blog!

Writer’s Block – Stuck on a story then ask for help!

writers blockWriting can be a very lonely profession. You may be stuck in a dark room, all alone, bread and water as your only nourishment, and only ‘you’ know what is going on in your head. The blood, the sweat, the tears – all internal struggles, and the demons like writer’s block are out there to get you. Before you know it – you are stuck. And you have no way out!

But it does not always have to be that lonely. Sure, nobody understands your plight. But they can help your goals if you first, check your ego at the door! This is a great first step to get out of Writer’s Block!

Your ego can get in the way of your writing success! Whether it is a six-figure screenplay option, or a 400 page article that you can’t seem to find the right title for, your ego will often get in the way of your opportunity for success! So here’s the key to coming up with ideas for your writing when you are stuck.

Cure your Writer’s Block by checking your ego at the door and ask for help!

Yes, you don’t have to do it alone! Asking for help can get you out of some serious writing mud! Got Writer’s Block? Ask for help! (more…)

Create Memorable Characters

// June 5th, 2017 // 3 Comments » // On Writing

Create Memorable Characters
21 Question Character Bio

by Glenn Magas

AmelieGreat characters drive the story! That’s why it is so important to create memorable characters! A plot driven story is plot driven, but without memorable characters the story and the screenplay feels flat despite how masterful the plot is.

After reading this article you can download a “21 question character bio” that will bring depth to the characters in your screenplay while you write your script!

But before you write…

Create Memorable Characters by knowing your characters!

This is an important process of screenwriting and one of the best tips you will ever receive! Know your characters well. Know them inside and out. This is how to write a story with depth. If you have an idea for a character and establish his or her name, that’s all you have. A name on the page without a voice. That’s why it is important to know each character, their motivation, relationship with one another, and their purpose for being in the story. (more…)

How to Write a Script 10 Mistakes to Avoid

// May 15th, 2017 // No Comments » // On Writing

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New screenwriters beware! If you are not in Screenwriting 101 you better be reading successful, well written screenplays, and reading all the beginner screenwriting books you can find. I have to emphasize reading ‘well-written’ screenplays. Yes, it’s a crazy game out there and you’ll find some well-written screenplays that never hit the screen, and great movies with a poorly written (non standard) screenplay.

Why is this? Well, the successful film with a poorly written (as in the technical aspects of screenplay format) is not necessarily a bad script. Sometimes it is not ‘industry standard’ so-to-speak, as the writer is the director, the director is the writer, and/or the writer and director have ‘their way’ of doing things, etc.

How to Write a Script 10 Mistakes to Avoid

As a neophyte screenwriter, follow the screenwriting format rules first – then, if you need to – break them!

Here are ten mistakes to avoid when writing your screenplay. (more…)

Stop! Write Something Else! Write Badly!

// May 10th, 2017 // No Comments » // On Writing

writers-block-1The only sure fire way to prevent writer’s block is to write. Plain and simple: you need to write. Writer’s block is a phenomenon where a writer loses the ability to produce new work. It can be incredibly intense: where writers are unable to work for years, and some stop writing altogether.

Here are 3 valuable tips on preventing writer’s block from taking over your passion.

3 Tips to Prevent Writer’s Block

1. Stop writing
2. Write something else
3. Write badly with pride

“Keep scribbling! Something will happen.” Frank McCourt

1. Stop writing.

To prevent writer’s block you need to write. But here is the contradiction to that obvious statement: stop writing before you have written all you needed to write. (more…)

Sigh… Writer’s Block

// March 1st, 2017 // No Comments » // On Writing

Sigh… Writer’s Block

There was a screenwriting instructor in the UCLA Writer’s Program that stated, “There’s no such thing as Writer’s Block”.

I have pissed off many writers by declaring the same exact sentiment.

Why?

Because there isn’t such a thing.

The definition of Writer’s Block according to Wikipedia is:

Writer’s block is a condition, primarily associated with writing as a profession, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work. The condition varies widely in intensity. It can be trivial, a temporary difficulty in dealing with the task at hand. (more…)

DadWithAPen’s Rigamarole on Writing Theme

// February 17th, 2017 // No Comments » // On Writing

Lawrence Konner on themeOne thing I try to do when writing a scene is to take the theme and try to get it to represent itself in every character from major character to minor character. As all the scenes add up in a feature, the theme should drip from every scene whether its on the nose or through subtext.

So when given an assignment of ‘a scene’ or a short or even a feature, I try to approach each scene with the theme I feel the complete story is supposed to represent. Of course its my take on the theme because everyone has a different view on a theme of a story on any particular day.

theme (from dictionary.com)

  • A topic of discourse or discussion.
  • A subject of artistic representation.
  • An implicit or recurrent idea; a motif: a theme of powerlessness that runs through the diary; a party with a tropical island theme.
  • A short composition assigned to a student as a writing exercise.
  • Music. The principal melodic phrase in a composition, especially a melody forming the basis of a set of variations.
  • Linguistics. A stem.
  • Linguistics.

DadWithAPen’s Rigamarole on Writing Theme

If the theme is LOVE CONQUERS ALL, or FEAR OF SUCCESS, or MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL, then every scene in my screenplay should have some sense of that theme when I write it. EVERY SCENE! When all the scenes are finally put together, the script should drip of this theme! Others may interpret it completely different than me, but as I write, I write from that theme. If you break down every scene in successful movies, you’ll find one resounding theme that links every scene together. It’s the ‘thematic’ throughline so-to-speak! (more…)

What are 100 Things You Love?

// February 15th, 2017 // No Comments » // On Writing

righttowriteCan you make a list of 100 things you love? It takes time to do this. And part of writing is actually taking the time to sit down and do things. It might seem tedious or useless, but the practice is just doing it. And getting use to it.

In Julia Cameron’s book, “The Right to Write”, the chapter on DRAMA instructs the writer to set aside thirty minutes and list 100 things that they love. Then keep a copy of this list and pull it out and read it whenever stress strikes. It will connect you to the sense of well-being apart from the current drama.

I passed over this chapter assignment and read on to other chapters. I’ve followed each chapter and its writing assignments (not always in order) but this one kept nagging at me as I thought it was a waste of time. I mean, 100 things? That’s a long list that I might not be able to complete. I felt guilty for not doing the assignment.

So, today, as quickly as I can, I will list them. From 1 to 100. From the top of my head, here are the 100 things that I love.

What are 100 Things You Love?

 

Here’s my list as fast as I can list ’em… (more…)