Scripts vs. Novels

Scott Myers discusses the difference between writing scripts and writing screenplays, and what to do when your more familiar with one but want to switch to the other. His answer: do both. He also discusses the challenges and advantages of each side of the writing spectrum.

Have thoughts about this or have additional insight on the subject? Feel free to comment and discuss in the comments 🙂

Read the full article here: Reader Question: What’s the biggest challenge novelists face when switching to screenwriting?

Thirteen Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Brad Schreiber discusses thirteen common mistakes that screenwriters make, offers insight on how writers can spot those mistakes and provides advice on how to fix them.

Read full article: https://www.writersstore.com/13-things-bad-screenwriters-commonly-do/

The Actor’s Ultimate Reading List

Jamie Irvine at Backstage provides an expansive reading list of books and plays to help actors perfect their technique and craft. Whether you’re a writer or an actor, reading preexisting material such as books, plays or screenplays, is essential to your development and growth as an artist and these books and plays listed are worthy of adding to your current list.

Read the full article here: The Ultimate Reading List for Actors

Twelve Tips for Writers

Fun fact: writing is hard. Very hard. Sarah Cool shares a video from writing coach Stephanie Newell that discusses useful advice for writers. This is geared specifically towards prose and novel writers, but her advice is equally useful to screenwriters.

See full article with video here: 12 Tips For Every Writer

Story tricks from Spielberg’s BFG

Spielberg is an icon and a legend for good reason. Shanee Edwards with ScreenwritingU Magazine dissects the film to study seven story tricks screenwriters can use when creating children’s films.

Read the full article here: Spielberg gets all Spielbergian on The BFG: 7 great story tricks we learned from the cinematic giant

Words of Wisdom from Grand Master Jane Yolen

If you grew up in the United States, there’s no way you made it out of high school without reading one of Jane Yolen’s books. If you teach young children, there’s no way you’ve never seen her name on a book cover. The prolific writer offers advice, encouragement, and motivation to just WRITE THE DAMN BOOK! Happy writing, friends.

Read the full article here: Grand Master Jane Yolen on Why It’s Important to Just ‘Write the Damn Book’

TED-Ed: How to Use a Semicolon ;)

Grammar Police, this one is for you. The folks at TED-Ed provide a delightful tutorial on how to use the mysterious semi-colon. You’ll feel like a grammar Super Mario ready to take on anything after watching. I hope you find this helpful!

Watch full video here: Embrace the semi-confusing semicolon with these helpful guidelines

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

Need Some New Reading?

Hollins University draws an enormous amount of talent from students and professors. We’re always excited and proud to showcase their work and brag a little.

Screenwriting Professor Joe Gilford’s book Why Does the Screenwriter Cross the Road? provides wonderful advice and tricks of the trade to help you become a better writer. It’s like being in a class of one with Joe’s undivided attention. Who wouldn’t love that?

Might I mention it has a 100% 5-star customer rating on Amazon:)

You can purchase either a hard copy or Kindle edition of the book here: Why Does the Screenwriter Cross the Road? by Joe Gilford

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