"This is how you do a good pitch: Remember when you were at that party and you asked someone if they had seen Game of Thrones because it’s your favorite show? And they said, 'No I’ve never seen Game Of Thrones,' and you proceeded to tell them why they should watch it? That’s a good … Continue reading DAN HARMON TELLS YOU HOW TO PITCH A TV SHOW
According to reddit, this mini-essay was published as a preface in the Coen Brother's script for Blood Simple. How much rewriting is enough? How much is too much? When do you quit? Even did he wish to, the critic couldn't answer, for he doesn't know. He might believe that you quit revising a manuscript when … Continue reading The Coen Brothers on When to Stop Rewriting
Here's some great advice & stories from actor, filmmaker Robert Downey Sr. Also, at around 1:45, he explains what makes his son (Robert Downey Jr.) immediately put down a script.
"The unifying theme is resilience and faith. The unifying theme is being a warrior and a motherf**ker. It is not fragility. It’s strength. It’s nerve. And 'if your Nerve, deny you—,' as Emily Dickinson wrote, 'go above your Nerve.' Writing is hard for every last one of us — straight white men included. Coal mining … Continue reading Writing Advice from Cheryl Strayed
"Recently I was talking to a writer who described something she did whenever she moved to her writing table. I don’t remember exactly what the gesture was—there is something on her desk that she touches before she hits the computer keyboard—but we began to talk about little rituals that one goes through before beginning to … Continue reading Toni Morrison on Writing Rituals
“Make it dark, make it grim, make it tough, but then, for the love of God, tell a joke.” Joss Whedon (former member of theOffice!)
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
The Electric Typewriter // It appears that someone put a lot of time into this compilation of "articles and essays by the world's best journalists and writers." A lot of good stuff to be found here. That Way We're All Writing Now by Clive Thompson // You'll see a lot tweets and status updates starting with the … Continue reading Links for Writers: Fun Stuff to Read this Week