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Easily Avoided Crime Screenwriting Mistakes

Over the last few years, I’ve consumed a lot of crime fiction. Between researching novels and pilots, I’ve read mysteries (recently I’ve gotten into Preston and Child), studied real-life forensics reports and procedure, and I’ve watched thousands of hours of crime television shows. And yes, I did say thousands. I’m fairly certain that’s not an exaggeration. As a writer, I’ve learned I’m a lot like a sponge. I need to absorb content in or…

Why I Wish I Knew It Was Okay To Ask For Extensions On Deadlines

Sometimes, aspiring writers ask me a question. What’s one piece of advice you’d give an aspiring writer? Or, if you could tell your younger self one piece of writing advice, what would it be? To properly explain my answer, I need to tell you a little story. After a rather rough few months at the end of 2013, I found myself at the tail end of a six-week writing slump. For the only time in my writing career, I’d only written 300 words in those six weeks (the least …

Seven Resources Every Screenwriter Should Know About

We all need a little help, every now and then. One of the greatest things about being a writer is that there are so many tools out there designed to help us. The problem is, people don’t know they exist. When you’re a writer, you have to be a Jack (or Jill) of many trades and learn not just about writing, but about editing, and the business itself. It’s all part of honing our craft. And while, at times, the task may seem daunting, I’ve discovered a lot of onlin…

Why Every Filmmaker Should Do A 48 Hour Film Project

Seven years ago, the 48 Hour Film Project first crossed my radar. A friend told me about it and I thought the idea of making a movie in 48 hours was crazy. Five films later, I still think it’s crazy - but that’s not the point. What Is The 48 Hour Film Project? As stated above, the 48 Hour Film Project is an event where filmmakers make a film from start to finish in 48 hours. Different cities do them different weekends, so sometimes teams participate in several a year. Ther…

The Value Of Feedback - And When To Be Cautious With It

Feedback is an important part of the writing process. When we write, whether it be a script or prose, we get far too close to our work to form objective opinions. Having a new set of eyes helps us see flaws we would likely miss. It can take two forms: constructive and destructive. Constructive means, “promoting further development or advancement” while Destructive means “overthrow, disprove, or discredit.” Constructive Criticism is often a term found in the wri…

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