Jessica Hinds

Three Screenwriting Principles to Remember in 2020

Three Screenwriting Principles to Remember in 2020

Suffer Less, Write More.  It’s a new year and a new decade. At Meditative Writing©, we are starting the 20s with a healthier and more functional writing process. Below are three principles to remember throughout the year that will help you write more and suffer less during the inevitable pain of writing.  1) Nothing is […]

 Diane Drake

Subtext – The Beauty Of What’s Left Unsaid (Or Unwritten) In Your Screenplay

Subtext – The Beauty Of What’s Left Unsaid (Or Unwritten) In Your Screenplay

A problem I frequently come across as a screenwriting consultant and instructor is the tendency of writers to overwrite and to include too much on-the-nose exposition. This can quickly mark as a screenplay as amateurish, whereas its opposite—effective use of subtext— almost instantly conveys a more sophisticated and polished level of screenwriting. So, before I […]

 Mark Sevi

The Story Worlds We Create

The Story Worlds We Create

How would you like to go: …somewhere where the skies are blue the dreams that you dare to dream, really do come true. Where troubles melt like lemon drops, Way above the chimney tops… That, of course, is excerpted lyrics from the fantastical film The Wizard of Oz. The Frank Baum story The Wonderful Wizard of […]

 Amy Sullivan

6 Types Of Friends Every Screenwriter Needs

6 Types Of Friends Every Screenwriter Needs

Most screenwriters owe their tenacity and determination to the people they surround themselves with. This includes all the industry folks that can either directly or indirectly get your screenplays into the write (sorry, right) hands that can shepherd it into production. Let’s not forget our friends who stand by us as we progress through our […]

 Mark Sevi

10 Keys To Great Screenplay Endings

10 Keys To Great Screenplay Endings

There are two things on the meta level that no screenwriter can get wrong. The first is the beginning of any story, the hook; the second and more important is the ending. I’m talking about the plot ending combined with the thematic (emotional) ending. Ending minutes or pages are the last thing your reader/viewer experiences […]

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