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Indie publishing – the path of least resistance


Indie Publishing, the Path of Least Resistance   Author of  Infatuation and Disappear, Love
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Basics of Screenplay Format

Basic Screenplay Format

  This may be obvious, but the purpose of screenwriting is to end up with a motion picture.  This basic yet essential fact is why the screenplay format is so important.  Much like plays require a format agreed upon by those who put on stage productions and poetry has rules regarding meter and verse,...
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Woman dismembered waiting for inept police department’s response

Prisoners Hands in Cell Bars

It’s an old cliche but sometimes life is stranger than fiction. As writers we look for inspiration in real life events we sometimes wish was fiction because it’s horrible, or  inspiring stories we wish would happen more often.  I bring you the surreal… Each week we’ll post stories that wiill make your blood boil,...
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Friends in high places…


Breaking into Hollywood isn’t hard to do, it’s practically impossible. We write our stories with the best intentions, embarking on journey that may well take years to accomplish. Writers carry out this monumental task with two goals in mind; completing the story first, and seeing our words come to fruition on screen. But it’s a rush many screenwriters will never...
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Happy Easter from Screenwritersdaily.com!

Foil Wrapped Easter Eggs

We just want to take the time to wish our members and visitors a Happy Easter! By the way, what part of the world do you live in? Any holidays we should know about? List them below!
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Netflix produces first original series


April 5, 2012 – Netflix  announces its first original series,  LilyHammer. The show, which rolled out its first eight episodes in February 2012, stars Steve Van Zandt as ex-gangster Frank Tagliano, an ex-mafia boss in the witness protection program who asks to be sent to Norway.
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Elements of Character Development


  It has been said that story is character–the plot is determined by the decisions your protagonist makes and how the character reacts to situations he/she must deal with.  Like in the make-your-own-adventure books, the story becomes something completely different if the protagonist takes a right turn rather than a left turn.  Before you...
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From novel to screenplay,from script to novel – making the transition


    Wildly successful novelist Seth Grahame-Smith has three Hollywood adaptations in the works. His most buzzed about movie, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, will be released to theaters June 22, 2012 and stars Dominic Cooper (Mamma Mia! and Captain America: The First Avenger)
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Outlining a Screenplay

Typing on Keyboard

A phenomenal idea just struck the creative center of your brain, and you know that it will make an amazing movie.  You must write the script for this masterpiece, but the question is how do you develop that fleeting concept into a well-structured screenplay?  The temptation is to just plow ahead and begin writing,...
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Stop changing my profile!

Eye on Flat Panel Monitor

At one time, MySpace was the most visited social networking site in the world. Then something happened. It wasn’t the advent of Facebook, as some suggested. While Facebook offered a few unique features, it was specifically designed  as a means of staying connected with high school friends. The platform had a simple interface that included...
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The Art of Reviewing

Old Manual Typewriter

(Written by Mary Ann Back) Congratulations! You’ve written a literary masterpiece. Surely, a Pushcart Prize awaits you! Before sending your work out into the world, you decide to do the smart thing and submit it to your online writing group for review. Let others behold its brilliance and catch the tiny nits that could...
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Nicolls Fellowship in Screenwriting contest


It’s that time of year again. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is accepting submissions for the Nicolls Fellowship in Screenwriting contest. From the web site: The Academy’s Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting is an international screenwriting competition established to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters. Up to five $35,000 Fellowships are awarded...
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Structure: The Framework of a Screenplay

Keyboard 01

The most basic structure of telling a story is to have a beginning, middle, and end.  Screenwriting is a bit more complicated than this as not only do you have to tell a good story with interesting characters, but you have to adhere to a strict format including when to place various story elements....
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Which animation program should I use to create my cartoon?


Screenwritersdaily’s 2005 article on How to Pitch a Cartoon has been very popular over the years. When I wrote the article it was one of the first and only topics available on pitching a cartoon on the internet at that time and since, it has been used as the basis for many other popular articles on “Pitching a cartoon”. One of the questions I’ve...
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The pros and cons of self-publishing a book by E. Hughes

stack of books

Remember the old days when vanity publishers charged writers thousands of  dollars to publish and distribute their own books?  I can smell a  vanity publisher a mile away. The goal of vanity publishing is to make money off  of the author and not the book. A vanity publisher will not edit or market  your...
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