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Career Strategy

Finding Your Sceenwriting Mentor

The first rule about finding a mentor is it’s all about them. At first. You want to build a relationship that works for both of you, not a one way street. If they're not getting anything out of the relationship, it's not going to work.

It will help if you two hit it off over something other than writing. You can find out if your mentor gives to certain charities, or if he’s interested in race cars,...
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Career Strategy

Myth: A Great Idea Will Sell Your Script

A lot of rookie screenwriters think they have a great idea for a screenplay.  They might; they might not. For the sake of argument, let’s say a rookie comes up with what he thinks is a really good idea.

He writes a screenplay.  Being inexperienced, he may not know what a really well-executed screenplay looks like. He’ll do his best.

Just finishing a script feels pretty good to a beginner;  regardless of the quality.  So he might be...
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Creative Thinking

Bad Movies Don’t Justify Writing Weak Scripts

“There are so many bad movies out there. I know I could write a better screenplay!” said just about every screenwriter out there. How about you? Have you ever said that, or thought that after watching a lousy film?

A lot of writers find motivation after seeing a movie that fails. It may be boring, have huge plot holes, unlikable characters, or hundreds of other possible flaws. The tone of the film might be all over the...
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