Writing science fiction

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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Writing horror: what do we fear the most?

What do we fear the most? Probably most of us wouldn’t say we’re worried about giant robots or lizards, sharks brought to us via tornados, or zombies, although all of those can be fun to watch at the movies. However, each of those does have some foundation–however distant–in reality. If you want to write a […]

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Should you write a controversial screenplay or play it safe?

In the previous two posts I’ve shared two of Robert Ringer’s three rules of writing and added my comments on how they apply to screenwriting. Here is the third: Don’t try to be all things to all people. Go after a specific market, and don’t make apologies to those who aren’t part of that market. […]

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