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I landed my first screenwriting gig in 1978. Nobody had heard of Robert McKee or Syd Field, you wrote on a typewriter, and you researched in a library.   Read More
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It's vital for screenwriters to read some of the great works that have come before them.   Read More
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The key to being able to write great horror is being able to write killer suspense.   Read More
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If you are a screenwriter, you have probably had someone tell you “You have GOT to write a contained thriller!” And really, that advice is true. Now more than ever, producers are looking for good scripts with minimal locations, small casts, and riveting stories. But what makes single-location scripts work?   Read More
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Your protagonist is the most important character in your script. Nobody wants to go on a two-hour journey with a stick-in-the-mud.   Read More
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Learn why reading stage plays can help improve your screenplays.   Read More
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Your first draft is complete. Little did you know, you're just getting started.   Read More
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We sit down with InkTip screenwriter Andrew Costello to talk about his contained thriller 50K.   Read More
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It may look like technobabble, but the terms we use in the Preferred Newsletter is anything but. Let's decode some of the most commonly used phrases.   Read More
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In various forms, I worked on this idea for years and it took me a long time to get to a draft that I was happy with, mainly because there was a lot about writing I didn’t know. With each new draft, I would solve problems but also come up against new challenges.   Read More
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