# Style & Substance

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The Right Name

The Right Name

They’re the reasons Luke and Darth felt right ... So where do you find these potentially script-worthy names?

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6 min read

S.S. Rajamouli and the Epic Power of Fun

S.S. Rajamouli and the Epic Power of Fun

When was the last time you had fun—real fun—at the movies? Beginning-to-end, clapping at the screen, whooping along with the audience, goosebump-raising FUN.

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4 min read

When Endings Go Bad

When Endings Go Bad

Sticking the landing of a script is tricky. It can’t be too predictable, yet it needs to feel wholly appropriate, justifiable, and even inevitable in its way.

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5 min read

Making More of Metaphors

Making More of Metaphors

One has to hand it to a show like Severance as it’s not only chock full of metaphors about the dumbing down of America and the corruption of information sharing, but it's doing so on a platform run by those they are critiquing.

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5 min read

Friendship and an Accidental Obsession with Jane Austen

Friendship and an Accidental Obsession with Jane Austen

Without me even realizing, Emma Thompson had been guiding my ship the moment I put pen to paper. I couldn’t ask for a better teacher.

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6 min read

What You Should Know Before You "Write What You Know"

What You Should Know Before You "Write What You Know"

An excess of emotions can also mean that your ability to think clearly and logically about your script is impaired.

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7 min read

Making a Meal of It

Making a Meal of It

So much of what you adore when you read or watch is the result of an author, screenwriter, actor, director, stepping out onto a limb and offering you more.

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7 min read

Things I Wish I Knew

Things I Wish I Knew

Clearly there is a knowledge gap out there … there’s something that a hell of a lot of writers out there need to know, and they don’t know it right now.

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7 min read

Is it a Play? A Show? A Movie? A Musical?

Is it a Play? A Show? A Movie? A Musical?

But for our other mediums we must travel to what some cynics describe as the least truthful place of all—Hollywood.

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12 min read

Fundamentals of Genre: Culture, Credibility and Horror

Fundamentals of Genre: Culture, Credibility and Horror

If cultural connection, curiosity, and interrogation is some bedrock to our interest in, and fondness for the genre, what else draws audiences so endlessly to these films?

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5 min read

Whose Story is it, Anyway? POV in Storytelling

Whose Story is it, Anyway? POV in Storytelling

If a writer is going to present his POV in those big, neon letters, becoming almost strident in his or her moral clarity, then one should hope to be as clever as Sorkin.

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6 min read

Let Women Fight

Let Women Fight

Let women be women, let mothers be badass. Let us fight! You won’t be disappointed.

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7 min read

It's All Fun and Games Until a Character Dies ... and Then It's More Fun

It's All Fun and Games Until a Character Dies ... and Then It's More Fun

It’s almost like I’ve got a blank page on which to write this new entity from scratch. Similar to creating a character for a screenplay.

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6 min read

Stop Being Defensive About Feedback

Stop Being Defensive About Feedback

It's more valuable that you know how people answer their own questions without your input, since you won't always be in the room when audiences experience your work.

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5 min read

Simp for the Reader

Simp for the Reader

Unless you’re writing only for you, you need to keep the audience in mind. Especially if that audience is the gatekeeper to all your hopes and dreams.

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8 min read
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