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How to Cure Writer’s Block: 23 Proven Ideas that Actually Work

The fact is that almost every writer faces writer’s block at some point in their career. Deadlines, storylines or even airlines can be the cause of this intellectual affliction. Writer’s block is real and can greatly affect your output. (more…)

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Fight Club Script: Characters, Quotes, and Screenplay PDF Download

The Fight Club script was adapted from Chuck Palahniuk’s book of the same name. This was Fox 2000’s first film, and while it is arguably one of the best films ever made, the executives at Fox 2000 reportedly hated the film. We’re going to provide analysis of the Fight Club screenplay by touching on the Fight Club plot, quotes, characters and ending so you gain a better understanding of how this script worked so well. (more…)

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How to Introduce Characters in a Screenplay: Character Descriptions Tips

Understanding how to introduce characters in a screenplay takes more than properly formatting character descriptions. You want to consider when, where, and how each decision will play out in the mind of the reader and then how it will translate onscreen. We’ll explian screenwriting character introductions so that you can build rich character descriptions that set a tone for your script. Lezgo. (more…)

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How to Find Award-Worthy Script Ideas from The Public Domain

Most Hollywood films and television shows are based off “Intellectual Property,” or “I.P.” Free intellectual property comes from the public domain. People are more likely to buy a ticket for a movie about a character they already know and love, so if you want a screenplay idea, maybe it’s time to search the public domain.   (more…)

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15 Best Inciting Incident Examples for Screenwriters and Directors

W e all know every story starts at the beginning, right? But what’s the thing that truly starts every story? The answer is the inciting incident. (more…)

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82 Creative Writing Prompts and Writing Exercises for Screenwriters

Creative writing prompts are powerful tools that aid you to become a consistent writer. It’s easy to get inspired once, maybe twice about a project or story that means something to you. But if and when that light dims, or you finally finish that project, what’s next? Writer’s block isn’t much of an avenue. Excuses are for amateurs because professional writers write. Writing prompts and writing exercises, give you the momentum to keep going when the mind slows down, or if you’re anything like me, when doubt sets in. (more…)

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How Internal Conflict and External Conflict Can Energize Your Story

The best movies have stories that entertain us, connect with us, and keep us glued to the screen. That kind of compelling drama happens on multiple levels, through internal and external conflict. How you implement these tools will determine how effective your story is. (more…)

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Teleplay vs Screenplay vs Script: Hacking the Hollywood Lingo

What is the difference between a teleplay, script, and screenplay?  Although some people think these terms are interchangeable, every screenwriter must understand the differences. (more…)

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What Is a Plot? Types of Plot, Definitions, and Examples

A plot is a crucial element for any story, and I challenge you to think of a great film or book that has a mediocre plot. But plot often seems to get confused or conflated with the characters, setting, and theme. In this post, we’re going to define plot, explain why it’s important, and then go over how you can build a great plot for your own story. Oh, and we're going to use Die Hard as our classic plot example...Welcome to the party, pal! (more…)

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12 Secrets to Great Exposition in Screenwriting (w/ Examples)

Exposition in film or screenwriting is one of the most difficult aspects to master. It’s necessary for our audience to understand our characters and plot, but we don’t really want the audience to be aware of exposition, in and of itself. When that happens, it can jar the audience right out of our story. And it also just makes our writing look bad. In this post, we’ll take a look at ways to avoid the common pitfalls of clunky exposition, as well as some excellent examples of exposition that have been seamlessly integrated into the overall narrative. (more…)

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How to Write and Direct Sex Scenes

Eating, drinking, sleeping, and sex are elements of human behavior we all share. The difference with sex is that it has been deemed taboo for centuries. That moral standard has been loosening for decades now, and sex has become a more significant part of mainstream entertainment.But just because we CAN show sex in movies doesn't mean we SHOULD. And if we do, it needs to be handled tastefully. When is it appropriate to include a sex scene in your movie? How can you make sure the scene adds value to the story without becoming gratuitous? If you’re wondering how to ...

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10 Best Filmmaking Books to Read in 2020

Whether you’re new to filmmaking, or you’ve studied it for years, you may find that your cinematic knowledge has plateaued. So, now you seek some great filmmaking books to push your skills to the next level.We’ve provided the best list of filmmaking books so that you can write, direct, film, finance, and complete your video projects - no matter what. (more…)

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8 Character Archetypes in Literature & Movies: Complete List & Examples

Looking brainstorm new characters? Perhaps, you want to flesh out existing characters or pair them against another character to maximize drama and develop deeper character arcs. Writing a compelling character is easier said than done. However, it's helpful to consider tried-and-true character archetypes to ensure every character behaves in a way that is unique, consistent, and believable. In this post, we'll identify the various character archetypes that you can use to enhance your own characters. Plus, we'll include plenty of iconic character archetype examples from your favorite movies and TV shows. (more…)

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How to Copyright a Script and Protect Your Screenplay

You’ve finished the greatest story ever told. Now how do you protect your screenplay? It’s a good idea to learn how to copyright a script because, as a writer, the last thing you need is a legal battle. While Final Draft provides a link to WGA script registration, you might want to take it a step further to protect your work. (more…)

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How to Become a Writer: Proven Ways to Launch Your Career

If you've ever typed, "I want to become a writer where do I start?" into Google then you've probably been overwhelmed by the myriad of ways to make your dream come true. But which ones work? Which ones have actual tips to guide you?In this post we’ll show you ten ways to move from writing as a hobby into writing as a job. Through these ten steps, the road to becoming a writer will look more actionable and achievable than ever before. (more…)

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How Script Notes Can Improve Your Screenplay [With Example]

It’s incredibly hard to make any movie, but a perfect movie? That’s nearly impossible without a great set of script notes. Today we'll learn how script notes catapulted Back to the Future into theaters and changed history forever. Travel with us as we talk about casting, rewrites, and the development process. Hop in! Where we’re going, we don’t need roads! (more…)

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15 Best Screenwriting Books to Help You Break Into Hollywood

There are so many screenwriting books out there that claim to be the best, so how do you know which ones to buy? Today we’re going to go through what I think are the very best screenwriting books. We'll help you discover how each screenwriting book can help you break your story and open new doors in your career.Some people do a top ten screenwriting books list. We went with fifteen.  These books are the sort of resources that writers at all stages of the process, and in all stages of their career turn when they need a little insight. So ...

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Plot Structure Tools to Help You Master the Art of Dramatic Writing

Plot structure is the most critical thing about a movie.Plot structure is what keeps your script, and movie, compelling. It keeps your audiences entertained. It keeps any reader reading. (more…)

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Top Screenwriting Tips and Strategies From the Coen Brothers

F ilmmaker Joel Coen has said, “If the material is challenging, it forces you to challenge yourself when handling it.” For the past 30 years Joel, along with his brother Ethan, have created films that tackle the most comical and confounding aspects of human nature. (more…)