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Savvy writers are always tweaking and polishing and editing and rewriting their loglines. Let’s begin by talking about loglines that don’t work, and why. Here are five types of loglines that don’t work.   Read More
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Essentially, there are three things to keep in mind when you embark on any creative endeavour aimed at the television makers and audience.   Read More
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For many becoming an established screenwriter is a dream job, something you fantasize about at the computer while writing, during Oscar season when nominations are announced, maybe even at your day job while tuning out your co-worker at the coffee station. That dream can become a reality, but not without hard work and goal setting.   Read More
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How long can I wait? Screenwriters ask me that all the time, becoming impatient and anxious that their script is taking so long to make it to the screen. My answer surprises them: Don’t wait at all.   Read More
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Being a stickler about my story-breaking is one of the key reasons I’ve managed to sustain a 20+ year successful writing career.   Read More
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Simon K. Parker was a British screenwriter who didn't have screenwriting credits or representation. But he knew getting his scripts to producers was the way to move forward in his screenwriting career. Find out how he got his first film produced.   Read More
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Why do most of your brilliant ideas happen while you're in the shower? Or when you're about to fall asleep? Or in your dreams...or while you're cooking...or while you're in class (or at the office) daydreaming? There is an answer found in an exciting, emerging area of science.   Read More
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Spending time to sit and think, or to take a walk, seems increasingly difficult in a society that prizes busyness and multi-tasking. In particular, for A-type go-getters, intentionally carving more time to think without doing several things at once can seem like “wasted time.” But there’s a reason other than simply generating more ideas why daydream-type thinking is crucial: it’s the type of ideas that are generated – namely associative thinking.   Read More
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Before you get anyone to read your brilliantly executed pilot script, you must first pitch them the idea for the series, and it must be clear, compelling, character-driven, and it must feel like a TV show, not like a movie. Put simply, the first thing you need to do is answer the deceptively simple question, “What is it?”   Read More
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When you read logline after logline, patterns emerge. These patterns are sometimes exact copies of each other, clichés based on expressions that are hammered into our heads in taglines we’ve seen on movie or show posters, or in voiceovers we heard in trailers by the late, great Don LaFontaine.   Read More
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