Tips & Resources for Writers

Take ownership of your story

One of the most important issues that an aspirant writer has to come to terms with, and fully master, is the difference between the writing process and the film process. There are two rules to writing: The first rule is that there are no rules. The second rule is that just because of rule number one, that doesn’t mean you can do anything you want. Like art or music, there are no rules as to how you approach your work, but an understanding of the subject is still important, and usually necessary to produce the greatest works. If you break the rules, you should at least know what they are. So what does it take to be a writer? When you start writing a new story it is so easy to be overwhelmed by the intricate detail of what happens in the story – the parts that make up the story – that you forget about the whole story. What Does It Take Own The Writing Process?

How To Write A Screenplay

Rushing to write the first draft, you patch the details together and soon find that you have a story full of holes, or one that feels empty and does not live up what inspired the idea. De-motivated and lost you soon lose interest in the idea and leave a potentially great story unfinished.It’s like watching a film you can’t wait to see on DVD with remote at hand and skip through the boring bits to get to the end, then finding that you need to track back to make sense of resolutions that baffle you. It is about story, the whole story, and nothing but that. The ABC Of Writing A Screenplay

The Write Trainer

In an age where everyone makes regular trips to their local gym to stay healthy, it is important for writers to keep writing effectively and remain in a perfect state of creative health. A one-on-one sessions with your writing coach and mentor is just what the doctor ordered. Read more

Explore Your Strengths and Weaknesses as a Writer

If you want to be storyteller, it is important to explore your strengths and weaknesses as a writer. Let’s take a closer look at what it takes to be a storyteller, and ultimately a storymaker.  Read more

Do you know what type of story your are writing?

Genre is word that often creeps into writing and can be easily misunderstood or misread. Genre is simply the category you choose to write, or the sort of film you will be able to write. This can be a drama, romance, action-adventure, science fiction, comedy, horror, musical, documentary, etc. You have to be familiar with other films that relate to, or are similar to, the screenplay you want to write. Read more

Reading Screenplays

You can download screenplays and scripts for free at the Internet Movie Script Database (IMSDb).The scripts are in HTML format so you can read them right in your web browser. You won’t need any additional software to enjoy our great selection of free movie scripts.If you enjoy movies you’ve come to the right place, the IMSDB has the biggest collection of movie scripts available anywhere on the web.

Read writer-director Joss Whedon 2012 Draft of The Avengers 

Read writer-director James Cameron’s 1997 Draft of Titanic

Read David Franzoni and John Logan’s 1998 Draft of Gladiator