Go Into The Story

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Reader Question: How to handle a character who changes names?

When in doubt, check out actual movie scripts to see how the pros handle it — and we do with the screenplay for Tootsie.

Go Into The Story Resource: The Story Behind Script Coverage

Script readers are Hollywood’s threshold guardians, so it behooves writers to try to understand their mindset.

Script Analysis: “Honey Boy” — Part 2: Plot

Read and analyze the script for the acclaimed drama written and starring Shia LeBouef.

Screenwriting 101: Jessica Bendinger

“You can totally lose your voice when you are playing what I call My Little Pony. At least I do. I have to watch becoming a performing pony…

Daily Dialogue — May 26, 2020

“I’m in love. I’m having a relationship with my pizza.”

Pound Out That First Draft!

Go from FADE IN to FADE OUT in my upcoming online writing workshop. Starts July 27th!

Go Into The Story Resource: An Argument Against Screenplay Formulas

We end up with a ceaseless cesspool of formulaic crap carving its way into and ultimately out of Hollywood movie and TV development…

Script Analysis: “Honey Boy” — Part 1: Scene-By-Scene Breakdown

Read and analyze the script for the acclaimed drama written and starring Shia LeBouef.

On Writing

“The most important thing is you can’t write what you wouldn’t read for pleasure. It’s a mistake to analyze the market thinking you can…

Daily Dialogue — May 24, 2020

“Hey, Sal, how come they ain’t no brothas on the wall?”

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