Storyclock Notebook: A Notebook Designed for Screenwriters

Attention Writers! Are you looking for a new notebook? Need something to help you get your story out of your head? Need help organizing your story ideas? The Storyclock Notebook could help. A recent Kickstarter campaign was created by Seth Worley to get the books launched and printed. The more you give, the more you’ll be able to get 🙂 Isn’t that awesome? You can get anything from a PDF version to several printed copies depending on how much you donate to the Kickstarter. And the best part, the books have those three beautiful words: Made in the USA. Go check it out!

Find out more here: Storyclock Notebook: A Notebook Designed for Screenwriters

The Other Hero’s Journey

V Renee at No Film School discusses the other hero’s journey: the journey of the writer creating the story. Included with her thoughts is the video essay Michael Tucker of Lessons from the Screenplay that discusses the creation of the film Inside Out and the challenges of bringing that story to life.

The Other Hero’s Journey: The Emotional Struggle of Screenwriting

Writing a drama pilot? This should help.

Geoff Harris at Save the Cat provides uses the pilot episode of the show Breaking Bad as a model to explain how drama pilots are broken down and structured.

Breaking Bad Pilot Beat Sheet by Geoff Harris

Screenwriting Wisdom from the Screenwriter Behind “Fight Club”

Ken Miyamoto at ScreenCraft sat down with Jim Uhls to offer insight on writing, original work versus an adaptation, how to interview your characters, making both the analytical and intuitive sides of your brain to work together, tricks for pitch meetings, and how to handle that unavoidable demon known as writer’s block.

Read full article and watch full interview here: Screenwriting Wisdom from the Screenwriter Behind “Fight Club”

Write Club: 5 Choices You Must Make Before You Start Writing

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

The Q&A with 9 Oscar-Nominated Screenwriters

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

STORY DEVELOPMENT: How Plot Can Kill Your Character

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

The ‘Jane Test’

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

Three of the Most Common Conceptual Mistakes Writers Make

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