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Screenwriter John August (Big Fish, Go, Arlo Finch) doesn’t like me. Or rather, he doesn’t like what I do. You see, my script coverage company Screenplay Readers has been giving notes on screenplays since 1999. And we (gasp!) charge for ... Read More

The post Highland 2 Review — Screenwriting So Easy Bo-Reezy appeared first on Screenplay Readers.

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Script coverage, in a nutshell, is really just a short document that offers an opinion on a screenplay. When script coverage is good, it offers helpful suggestions and pulls no punches with its critique, and the writer or filmmaker receiving ... Read More

The post The Script Coverage Buyer’s Guide appeared first on Screenplay Readers.

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“Screenwriting gurus.” Ick. If those two words don’t make you nauseous, you’re either not a screenwriter, or you’ve sniffed too much glue.  Over the two decades of running my script coverage service, I’ve seen a lot of self-appointed screenwriting experts come ... Read More

The post Screenwriting Gurus — Why Most of Them Suck and How to Avoid appeared first on Screenplay Readers.

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Writing dialogue is easy. Writing strong dialogue — dialogue which an audience will consider authentic-sounding and believable — is an entirely different skill.

The post Writing Authentic Dialogue — 7 Things Savvy Screenwriters Must Do appeared first on Screenplay Readers.

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Write more interesting characters. Yes, you. You should be writing more interesting characters. Here’s a few things you can do to your draft right now. Don’t think about it. Just do it. Your characters are boring and that makes you ... Read More

The post Writing More Interesting Characters – 5 Quick Fixes You Can Do Right Now appeared first on Screenplay Readers.

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“How do I sell my screenplay?” “My screenplay is done. Now what do I do?” “How do I get my script produced?” These are the eternal questions asked by aspiring screenwriters everywhere. But, as you might’ve noticed, get paid for ... Read More

The post How Do I Sell My Screenplay? — Here’s 4 Things You’re Doing Wrong appeared first on Screenplay Readers.

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Aspiring screenwriters can and should use social media. But keep in mind — there are a few “best practices” you might want to put into action when using social media as a screenwriter.

The post Social Media for Screenwriters – The Basic Rules appeared first on Screenplay Readers.

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Screenwriter networking is absolutely essential to any screenwriter’s career. People knowing people, referring people, befriending people — without any exaggeration, this is how films and television get made in the film industry. Once more for emphasis: meeting and working with film and ... Read More

The post Screenwriter Networking – The Basic Do’s and Don’t’s appeared first on Screenplay Readers.

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Writing female characters seems to be a difficult thing to do for most screenwriters and tv writers. Bad female characters seem to be the rule rather than the exception. But there are writers working hard to change this paradigm, by ... Read More

The post Five Ways to Write Better Female Characters appeared first on Screenplay Readers.

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