Okay class, today's lesson is a simple one. If you're having trouble writing scripts, it may simply be that you haven't read many or any at all. Reading books, and watching movies and TV shows can definitely help with story structure, but until you've read your fair share of scripts you won't likely have an … Continue reading Reading Is Writing
"My characters aren't losers. They're rebels. They win by their refusal to play by everyone else's rules." Harold Ramis
"I feel so much that writing is like chopping wood. I'll always say to aspiring writers, it's time logged. Just sit down, ink out however many hours you can in the day. Turn the phone off. Just write. I usually have the script open in one window, and then in another window I have a … Continue reading Leslye Headland’s Writing Process
"It’s a very improvisational process. Even though I know loosely what I want to talk about, I let the people’s responses dictate how I proceed. So if I start talking about a show, and I’m saying, you know, It’s a modern-western! It’s like a Deadwood or something, and the person’s like, ‘Oh I love Deadwood,’ then … Continue reading Jason Mantzoukas on Pitching TV Shows
Encouragement from a community of writers. Coffee. Holding ourselves accountable. Watching a habit form. An idea that we're really, really excited about. The impending deadline of incredible awards and fellowships. Getting really positive feedback from someone who's opinion we respect. Getting really negative feedback and writing just to prove that harsh criticism won't stop us. Being surrounded by … Continue reading What Makes Writers Write?
“There’s a great thing that happens after you’ve spent a morning writing and you think, I haven’t got anything there, not anything, and then you go away and become depressed, and when you come back, you find a good sentence or a good speech buried somewhere in the yards you’ve written. It’s in those hours … Continue reading Emma Thompson On Writing
"Sometimes I think I have felt everything I'm ever gonna feel. And from here on out, I'm not gonna feel anything new. Just lesser versions of what I've already felt." From Spike Jonze's Her
We are so excited to be launching our brand new website. For those of you who have recently started reading this blog and/or following us, here is some information on who we are. We're a coworking space that caters to writers, so naturally we wanted to start a blog with the same intention. We hope you've been … Continue reading Brand New Website!
One of the best things an aspiring screenwriter can do is critically read scripts. It's also fun to see what your favorite movies looked like on the page, or in earlier drafts. So whether you read them for entertainment or educational purposes, here are a few resources that offer tons of TV & Film screenplays. 1. The Drexel … Continue reading Tons & Tons of Scripts
Here's a roundup of articles relevant to writers. 1. The Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship's submission period just opened. Here's an interview with the Executive Director answering every question you could ever have about it. Plus, she's incredibly encouraging about the whole process. 2. Awards season scripts are available online now 3. Chuck Palahniuk implores writers to delete "thought" verbs from their … Continue reading What to Read this Week: Links for Writers