Using Your Influences

Using Your Influences

When trying to develop your voice as a screenwriter and perfect your craft, don’t be afraid to use your influences. One shouldn’t attempt to write a script without reading a few screenplays first. Thanks to the Internet, this isn’t a particularly hard task; most...
Live Reads Benefit Screenwriters

Live Reads Benefit Screenwriters

It’s not a pivotal scene. Just a bit of comic relief in an otherwise appropriately grim zombie movie set in the Middle Ages. “AAAAaaahhh. You wound me,” a knight says after being struck with a boy’s wooden sword. “Mortally so. I’ve been bested by moppets.” The actor...
Finding Your Voice

Finding Your Voice

When writing a screenplay, don’t underestimate your voice as a writer. My first spec script, which broke me into the business, was not a typical screenplay by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, it was a dark, sloppy mess of a script. It had a few crucial things,...
The Writing of Wonder Woman

The Writing of Wonder Woman

Beautiful as Aphrodite, wise as Athena . . . With such accolades describing Wonder Woman on everything from T-shirts to coffee cups, it’s no wonder that fashioning a story about her seemed as intimidating as scaling Mount Olympus. Yet screenwriter Allan Heinberg and...