What Is Nonlinear Storytelling?

What Is Nonlinear Storytelling?

“A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order.” – Jean-Luc Godard In my last article I discussed frame stories and isolated flashbacks. But what if there are several flashbacks in your story? What if we keep...
The Frame Story and the Flashback

The Frame Story and the Flashback

Flashbacks can be utilized for several reasons in a script. If you want to reveal a plot point from the past or something about a character that needs illuminating, a flashback might be the best route to take. Sometimes this storytelling technique can become a crutch,...
Is Your Screenplay “Too Arch”?

Is Your Screenplay “Too Arch”?

A phrase you’ll sometimes hear in development circles is “too arch”. It’s usually in regards to characters and their behavior. The word “arch” is simply a shortened form of “archetype”. An archetype is a Greek term, meaning an original model after which subsequent...
How To Write a Winning Spec Script

How To Write a Winning Spec Script

Writing a television spec script is demanding, but winning a major writing competition with one is far more difficult. We sat down with Meghan Fitzmartin, winner of the Big Break Hour-Long category for her spec of Arrow to uncover the secrets behind her winning...