How to Write a Script, Writing Tips

If you dream of making it in Hollywood, seeing your words translated into film, or turned into the next great indie project, you’re at the right place. Get insights into writing the perfect spec script, crafting scenes, and developing that perfect opening plot point.

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Writing a Screenplay: Using Structure to Develop Your Ideas

The following is a guest blog post by Fred Perry. Fred won first place in the screenplay category in the 82nd Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. He has also received script requests, optioned three features, and won eight screenplay competitions. Today, he’ll tell you how to start a screenplay and share his story of...

Television Showrunners

Not all television executive producers are showrunners. The title isn’t even listed on credits. What does a showrunner do and how do you become one?

by Robin Rowe

Book-To-Film Adaptation Tips

Douglas Preston, who frequently collaborates with Lincoln Child (they've penned 11 novels together and are best known for their Agent Pendergast series), recently shared his thoughts on adaptations, specifically the 1997 movie adaptation of their first Pendergast novel, Relic.

By John Folsom

Turning a Novel into a Screenplay

Let’s face it: A novel and a screenplay are two very different creatures. It’s like comparing a housecat with a bobcat—both are cats, but one you want curled up on your lap and the other, not so much.

by John Folsom

What Producers Want

Producer Lynda Obst loves literature. She’s shepherded five novels to the big screen with more in the works. So, what does the producer of films like Contact, How Lose A Guy in Ten Days, and The Fisher King, look for when reading a book or article?

By John Folsom

Does Your Screenplay Need a Treatment or a Synopsis?

A treatment or a synopsis can be an indispensable tool, both for writing and marketing a screenplay. In this article, we’ll look at the relationship between the treatment, synopsis, summary, logline, scene cards and coverage. A synopsis can be a story guide for writing your screenplay, or be written afterwards as part of your...

The Four Commandments of Writing Good Sentences

If you want to write a good sentence, don’t pay any attention to your grammar. I don’t mean “a sentence this like OK is.” I mean don’t automatically think you’ve written a good sentence just because it’s grammatically correct. Lots of bad sentences are grammatically correct....

Challenging the Limits of Memory

In this excerpt from Writing Life Stories, Bill Roorbach teaches you how to pay attention to and translate your memories and how to overcome your resistance to remembered places and events.

Anita M. Busch: Hollywood Reporter Editor

The words "writer in Hollywood" conjure images of screenwriters accepting Academy Awards and hobnobbing with movie stars. But to Anita M. Busch, editor of The Hollywood Reporter, writing is as much about power plays as it is about screenplays.