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Writer’s Mindset : How to get a Recommendation

What does it look like when your script gets recommended at the studio level by a reader? This is the coverage I put together for the Susan Cooper's 1973 Newberry Award-winning novel entitled The Dark Is Rising.

If you've never seen coverage of a script you've written, or any script for that matter, I think it will help to see what you're aiming for.  You want the story analyst who reads your script to give you a...
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Writers’ Mindset: Write For The Gatekeepers

I worked as a story analyst, aka “reader”, or “gatekeeper” for a studio after attending film school.  Fortunately, they offered a course there in how to write coverage at USC.  So while trying to break into the business, I was able to earn rent money in my chosen field.

Story analysis is not an easy job.  It teaches you to read and evaluate a screenplay quickly.  You don’t have time to pore over the material and really...
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Writer’s Mindset: Just Get Your Foot In The Door

You can break into screenwriting in a million different ways.  Don’t listen to people who tell you that you have to do it “their way.”  Like everything else about this town, the only rule is there are no rules.  You succeed in your own way.

There’s a good reason, then, not to be too laser-focused on a specific goal.  If you start out with the goal of  writing only historic dramas, you’d be well advised to consider...
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