Writers to admire

The Pixar way to start your screenplay

This is a great explanation of the traditional, three-act structure way to start your screenplay, illustrated with examples from Pixar movies, and focusing on how the process was applied to Toy Story 3. The narrator is writer Michael Arndt, whose credits also include the wonderful Little Miss Sunshine. My only quibble is that it suggests that […]

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George RR Martin: Why having a great screenplay idea is only the first step

Have a great idea for a screenplay? Congratulations! You are one step closer to having a great screenplay…but only one step. No less an authority than George RR Martin, author of the saga, A Song of Ice and Fire, which includes Game of Thrones, testified to this in a recent interview in Rolling Stone magazine: “Ideas are […]

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Before you start writing your screenplay

Journalist and Pete Hamill, whose latest book is “Tabloid City,” described in The Writer magazine how he approaches writing a novel. I think the same method works for anyone getting ready to write a screenplay: “I start by walking around a lot, letting the major characters rise in my mind. The way Dickens did, and […]

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