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Q&A: What Genre / Trend is Most Popular Right Now?

Q&A: What Genre / Trend is Most Popular Right Now?

As a screenwriter, sometimes we tend to think we have to write "to the market," or follow the current trends, but if you try and chase a trend, you're already behind.

# Read # Q&A
4 min read

Survival Jobs: The Emerging Writer’s Dilemma

Survival Jobs: The Emerging Writer’s Dilemma

I’m no guru, but I can share what I’ve done in hopes that it encourages and enlightens you on how to make money while fostering industry connections until you become a working screenwriter.

# Read # Breaking In
3 min read

How to Be About Your Business as a Creative

How to Be About Your Business as a Creative

All those ideas you have in your head of what you want to do and how you want to accomplish them? Write a plan. A business plan, that is.

# Read # The Business of Art
3 min read

To Arc or Not to Arc? That Is the Question...

To Arc or Not to Arc? That Is the Question...

What we’re usually talking about when we say “character development” is Character Arc—it presupposes that a Character Arc is requisite to a well-rendered character … to which I say: “nay.”

# Read # Style & Substance
8 min read

Just Try Not to Die

Just Try Not to Die

“'Just try not to die' is my standard advice for anyone helming a first feature. I nearly did, and I wouldn't recommend it."

# Read # The Creative Mind # Independent
5 min read

Women Kicking Ass on Screen: Fierce or All Too Familiar?

Women Kicking Ass on Screen: Fierce or All Too Familiar?

For all the talk in Hollywood given to seeking out vital roles for women, the woman warrior has become every bit an egregious cliché as the hooker with a heart of gold was for half a century on film.

# Read # Style & Substance
4 min read

The Conflicted Protagonist

The Conflicted Protagonist

While few characters will hold appeal for every audience member, John Bucher shares approaches to flawed characters that decrease the chances of alienating your audience in the process.

# Read # The Collection # LA Screenwriter # Style & Substance
4 min read

Don't Mind Me - Mindfulness and Unmindful Characters

Don't Mind Me - Mindfulness and Unmindful Characters

If we reflect back on what we’ve done in the past and how we’ve overcome it, facing the same challenge in the future will be just that much easier.

# Read # Style & Substance # The Creative Mind
4 min read

North to the Future: Mark and Anna Casadei on a New Frontier

North to the Future: Mark and Anna Casadei on a New Frontier

"We always tell people to be authentic. That’s one of the biggest things that helped us connect with people ..."

# Read # Subplot
24 min read

One Night with Kemp Powers...

One Night with Kemp Powers...

"I just want to put stuff out there that reminds people how we are not only interconnected, but we're codependent. And we won't accept that, like we actually kind of all need each other." - Kemp Powers

# Read # Q&A # Interview # Mentoring # The District # Crossover
41 min read

The Nature of Things

The Nature of Things

I knew your mother, she says and your ancestors all the way back, and she shudders remembering what came before.

# Read # Fiction
2 min read

What Festival Programmers Want You to Know

What Festival Programmers Want You to Know

Festival directors and programmers are just as passionate and dedicated to films as the filmmakers themselves. But filmmakers primarily regard them as key gatekeepers in the journey of seeking and building an audience.

# Read # The Collection # Independent
5 min read

Shame to Superpower

Shame to Superpower

The danger of the shame I felt is that it caused a paralysis that hindered me from forward motion in every aspect of my life, not just writing.

# Read # Style & Substance # The Creative Mind
4 min read

What Writers Can Learn from Movie Musicals for a Song

What Writers Can Learn from Movie Musicals for a Song

If a screenwriter thinks that there’s little to learn from the niche because they’re writing a horror film or a thriller, they’re (ahem) way off-key.

# Read # Style & Substance
5 min read

Everyone Thinks They're a Hack

Everyone Thinks They're a Hack

There’s not a single writer I know worth their professional bona fides who doesn’t get regular visits from The Dream Police. And no. It’s not because we’re snowflake whack-jobs wrecked in a constant state of low self-esteem.

# Read # The Creative Mind
4 min read
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