Writing Archive

Screenplay Writing Explained In 7 Infographics

Screenplay writing is a visual art form, so let’s approach the topic visually. Here are 7

The Romantic Comedy Is Having a Revolution — And It’s Happening on TV

Everyone’s favorite guilty pleasure genre is getting funnier, weirder and more authentic. Here’s why

The Developmental Breakdown: Exposition

As a working definition, exposition is when a character is given dialogue as a

Understanding Copyright Law: Pitches, Facts, Characters and the Ambiguities of Section 102

Gregory Bernstein’s book Understanding the Business of Entertainment, the Legal and Business Essentials All Filmmakers

How To Keep Screenwriters And Producers In Sync

Movies, obviously, are a storytelling medium and as such, at a fundamental level the

Here’s How to Make a Million Dollar Movie for Thousands

“The passion translates. If you have passion for the project it comes across.” Some

8 Great Playwrights Who Write for Television

Do you know the writers behind your favorite TV programs? Just like actors, many

An Open Letter: So, What Are We Going To Do About This?

SO, WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THIS?: HOW CAN EVERYONE BE MORE INCLUSIVE

Barriers to Entry aka “So you wanna work in the film business?” PART II

A WMM Original Article Written by Valentina Vee SCREENWRITERS $1-$200,000 – education. Some people

The Story of Story: How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love Structure

It is a truism that, “we tell ourselves stories in order to live.“ But, it is remarkable

THROWING YOUR HAT INTO THE RING

Written by J. Holtham You have a great idea for a movie. You buckle

CIRCUS ROAD FILMS ANNOUNCES NEW SCREENPLAY CONEST

Earlier today, Circus Road Films announced their 1st Annual Circus Road Screenplay Contest with

WMM’s Creating Space w/ Thomas Ardavany #2

If you are an inspiring, beginning or a full fledged writer/director you’ll appreciate this

10 Story Techniques That Sell Screenplays

The key question that all screenwriters should ask themselves is: how do I write

Announcing the 2014 Comedy Script Contest!

We’re excited about this one!  Let’s just get right to it – we’ve lined

The Ardavany Approach for WMM: Step One

Step One: The Script From the Actor’s Perspective  We must make the script real

Cumulative Advantage and Women Playwrights

At The Summit, a public conversation with prominent DC theatres’ artistic directors convened by Washington

6 Tips to Writing Great Female Characters: An Open Letter to My Male Allies

Creating female characters that defy sexist clichés is one of the easiest ways to

10 Commandments for Directing (& Writing) Comedy from Director David Dobkin

What is the funniest movie you’ve ever seen? Do you lean towards the slapstickiness

Inside Amtrak’s (Absolutely Awesome) Plan to Give Free Rides to Writers

Amtrak has begun offering “writers’ residencies” to, well, writers – long roundtrip rides aboard Amtrak trains

10 Takeaways from the (Life-Changing!) Sundance Screenwriters Lab

It takes a village to make an independent film, and there are few villages

Academy’s 2014 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting Competition Now Underway

The 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition is now underway.  In November, as

TNT & TBS Partner with The Black List to Tap Talented Writers

TNT and TBS are partnering with The Black List on an initiative to promote

How To Kill a Baby

DISCLAIMER: This DevelopMental Breakdown is about maintaining uncompromising creative standards, and not about killing

Telling the Truth Without Paying For It

Adapting a true story for film can be tricky. On the one hand, reality

RESOLUTIONS FOR FILMMAKERS: A COLLECTION by WMM

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM WMM! One thing we do here on our site is