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...
Tips For Writing Period Dialogue

Tips For Writing Period Dialogue

What people say, and how they say it, tells us a lot. Vocabulary, syntax, cadence, rhythm. They’re all clues about education, class, income and where someone grew up. Action is character, as Aristotle once said (or was it William Goldman?), but dialogue also reveals...
Five Things Writers Can Learn From Ghostbusters

Five Things Writers Can Learn From Ghostbusters

The original Ghostbusters film remains to this day a benchmark for supernatural comedies. It’s a tricky genre to get right and increasingly unpopular among studios due to budgetary concerns. But if you’re going to attempt to write a supernatural comedy, the original...