Welcome to Write Club. The first rule of write club is… just kidding. (Sorry, I had to.) We’re writers not fighters, so talk about write club all you want. The folks at ScreenCraft discuss five choices a writer must make before they begin writing their story. These five questions will help guide the writer through the development of their story as well as help the writer figure out how their story will influence the genre.
Read the full article here: Write Club: 5 Choices You Must Make Before You Start Writing
Jeff Goldsmith with ScreenCraft sat down with nine of the 2016 Oscar nominees in the Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay categories to talk about everything from the best writing advice to favorite procrastinating methods – yes, you read the correctly, as well as battling the obstacles and demons. Enjoy.
Full article and podcast here: The Q&A with 9 Oscar-Nominated Screenwriters
Tim Long at SCRIPT discusses three ways plot can kill your story’s character development. He discusses that a writer’s first focus should be on developing the character and making them compelling and engaging to the audience. Once that is done, the plot will be better to work with and easier to direct.
Full article here: STORY DEVELOPMENT: How Plot Can Kill Your Character
Angela Watercutter at Wired magazine discusses the “Bechdel Test”, a simple three question test to gauge the level of gender bias (towards females in particular) that a film or story has. Watercutter goes a step farther and introduces what she calls the “Jane test”. The name is inspired by Natalie Portman’s character Jane Foster in the MCU’s Thor films. Following the lead of script reader and producer Ross Putnam, who began posting female character descriptions in scripts on Twitter, she adds three additional questions to consider. The point of the test is to evaluate how female characters are portrayed, not just onscreen, but on paper in the initial script so that female characters can be given the multi-dimensional qualities they deserve.
Read full article here: The “Jane” Test
Ken Miyamoto at ScreenCraft created a list of three of the most common mistakes writers make when developing the concepts for their stories and offers insight on how to correct these errors.
Read full article here: 3 Most Common Conceptual Mistakes Screenwriters Make
Co-founder of Story Broads Despina Karintis, with her engaging brand of humor, provides five steps to help writers get the story OUT of their head and ON to the page.
STORY BROADS: 5 Tips to Get Your Story on the Page
Shanee Edwards at ScriptwritingU Magazine discussed the film “The Dressmaker” with the writer and director, Jocelyn Moorhouse.
Full article here: The Dressmaker Writer/Director Jocelyn Moorhouse talks Spaghetti Western-style revenge, the mother-daughter bond and Liam Hemsworth chasing an emu
MASTERCLASS has been providing incredible opportunities for newcomers to creative industries to learn from the masters. You can learn cooking from Gordon Ramsay to acting from Kevin Spacey to tennis with Serena Williams. One Reddit user chronicled his experience with Aaron Sorkin’s MasterClass on Screenwriting.
Read the full article here: Notes from Aaron Sorkin’s Screenwriting Masterclass
Naomi Beaty at ScreenCraft discusses Akira Kurosawa and his creative process and his advice to aspiring writers and filmmakers.
Full article and video here: Screenwriting Advice from Akira Kurosawa
Max Winter at No Film School uses David Fincher’s film The Game to illustrate how to create a plot twist in your story.
Full video and article here: How David Fincher Creates the Ideal Plot Twist