Mark Sevi

Let’s Talk About Subtext In Screenwriting

Let’s Talk About Subtext In Screenwriting

Subtext – n.The underlying personality of a dramatic character as implied or indicated by a script or text. An inner world. A place glimpsed peripherally. Overtones. In screenwriting, subtext is implicit (intimated) versus explicit (stated) – a different layer of intention and depth. Using it expands your toolbox allowing you to say many different things without […]

 Jim

Making Intelligent Choices In Your Screenwriter Career

Making Intelligent Choices In Your Screenwriter Career

Being a screenwriter is a difficult career choice. But so worth it! It is more of a calling than a career in the traditional sense. You don’t have to earn a qualification to practice screenwriting, nor do you necessarily move up the career ladder after achieving a certain level of hours worked. It’s like most […]

 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 […]