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Should Screenwriters Always Write What They Know?

Should Screenwriters Always Write What They Know?

At some point, while staring at a blank screen, every screenwriter wonders what story to write next. Furthermore, they are always told to write what they know. Is this good advice? Is this the best question to be asking? Does writing material that you are very familiar with automatically lead to a better screenplay? What […]

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What Makes Heroes So Appealing?

What Makes Heroes So Appealing?

Heros are traditionally described as the main character or protagonist of a story. They have the most admirable qualities, they must overcome the greatest hurdles, and their stakes are often a matter of life or death. Most screenwriters are aware of the more common hero archetypes seen in film and television shows. Everyman – average […]

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How Does The Story Development Process Work?

How Does The Story Development Process Work?

Development and its more familiar scary cousin development hell are terms every screenwriter is familiar with. The screenplay development process is broken up into two key stages – pre and post-sale. Writers are typically involved in both stages although their work is driven by slightly different factors in each. Screenplay development includes all the drafts […]

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“Building Inner Power Through Outer Strength” Says ‘Freaky’ Screenwriter Michael Kennedy

“Building Inner Power Through Outer Strength” Says ‘Freaky’ Screenwriter Michael Kennedy

If Friday The 13th, Freaky Friday, and John Hughes could have a child it would be the movie, Freaky. Screenwriter Michael Kennedy, also known for his work on Bordertown, initially pitched his body/ gender-swap film idea for Freaky to director Christopher Landon (Happy Death Day 1 & 2) as “Freaky Friday The 13th” during a lunch. Landon […]

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The 4 Attention States You Should Know As A Screenwriter

The 4 Attention States You Should Know As A Screenwriter

We’ve written several articles on how screenwriters can best allocate their time to be the most productive. Whether you write in the wee hours of the night when you’re in a state of lucid dreaming or do writing sprints until you break a sweat. Time management has been the traditional way to measure screenwriting productivity […]