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The Psychology of What Makes a Great Story

“The great writer’s gift to a reader is to make him a better writer.”

The Building Blocks of Story: Organize Your Ideas into an Effective Structure

Imagine that there was one foolproof way to come up with a story. Well,

First Draft: Five Tips For Writing Action Sequences

Action sequences can be a screenwriter’s best friend or worst enemy. If you can

Shtumi in the Spotlight: How to Turn an Info-Heavy Story into Riveting Drama

“That first draft must have been 300 pages.” If I had a nickel for

High Concept, A Recipe: The Four Essential Components to a High-Concept Pitch

The single most in-demand quality of a script is for it to be “high

“Always Give Exposition While Running From a Bear”: Drew and John Erick Dowdle on No Escape

For the past few years I’ve been bemoaning the decline of the mid-range genre

How Screenwriters Can Find The Emotional Journey Of Their Characters

“This is not a science or a formula; it is a tool designed to

Beat It: How to Develop the Story Beats in Your Screenplay

On the surface, directing doesn’t seem to require any tangible skills. Think about it:

6 TIPS FOR MAKING FUNNY MOVIES—OR YOUTUBE VIDEOS—FROM JAY CHANDRASEKHAR

The Avengers has Nick Fury. Wu-Tang Clan has the RZA. And Broken Lizard, the

First Draft: 12 Screenplay Contests to Consider

We took a poll of several Hollywood executives to get their perspective on the

How to Use the ‘Rule of Three’ to Create Engaging Content

What’s so magical about the number three? It’s no accident that the number three

BREAK THE GLASS: STOP WORRYING AND START WRITING

One of the main differences that distinguishes amateurs from professional writers is that amateurs

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