Writing Archive

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


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


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


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

BBC and China Central TV to Open Story Development Center

State broadcast giants seek documentary, live event collaboration. HONG KONG — The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Inside the Dark Literary World of ‘American Beauty’ Screenwriter Alan Ball

Some of the most important screenwriting advice you’ll ever hear is to write what

Learn About Taking Meetings & the Development Process from the Austin Film Festival

One of the most important career skills a screenwriter should learn is how to

‘American Psycho’ Screenwriter Guinevere Turner Wants You to Write the Worst Scene Ever Written

Writer/director/actress, and one of the most influential proponents of LGBT cinema, Guinevere Turner, sat

Joe Eszterhas’ 10 Golden Rules of Screenwriting

Legend has it (okay, well, actually it was theLos Angeles Times) that Joe Eszterhas once

Tony Gilroy’s 5 Simple Rules for Writing an Original Screenplay

Narrative film is certainly a collaborative medium, but almost always it begins with a

‘Twilight Zone’ Creator Rod Serling Shares Great Screenwriting Insight in Final Interview

To many he’s just that eerie, stilted voice of The Twilight Zone, but to others he

And the Lord Declared: Let There Be Really High Stakes!

Attention all Screenwriters, Graphic Novelists, Novelists-Afraid-Of-Screenwriting, and Waiters, Bankers, Accountants, Teachers, Custodians, Firefighters, Cashiers