How to Capture the Essence of Summer in your Script

How to Capture the Essence of Summer in your Script

Ahh summertime. For many people summer means vacations, trips to the beach, and some much deserved time off. For others, it means everything stays the same except now it’s really hot and sticky. Whether or not summer means leisure time for you in your adult years, it...
How To Be a Fan Of Your Own Work

How To Be a Fan Of Your Own Work

It can be hard to separate yourself from your work. You try not to make it personal but, of course, it is. Your writing is the combination of your thoughts, your skills, your life experiences and your passions. To type that first sentence on a blank page is to...
A Guide to Naming Your Characters

A Guide to Naming Your Characters

Choosing names for your characters is an important part of the writing process. The names you choose will not only indicate what type of character it is, but also make them easier to read on the page. In a screenplay or teleplay, the names of your main characters...
Choosing and Introducing Your Focus Characters

Choosing and Introducing Your Focus Characters

Oftentimes the new screenwriter will populate their spec with numerous characters. But how many characters are too many? It all depends on the type of story you’re telling. Who is this story about? It doesn’t matter if it’s a simple story or a complex story, it should...
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...