Archive for November, 2011

November 30, 2011

Hitting a Wall in Your Writing: How to Break Through

This article out of Script Magazine by Pen Densham offers practical advice for getting past that wall standing between you and your next great scene:

Harnessing your creativity can be both deliciously mysterious and overwhelmingly frustrating. It often will NOT run on rails.

Whether you react to a blockage by cursing and kicking a hole in the landlord’s wall or retreating to a dark cupboard with a pint of Dreyer’s best frozen sugar bomb, remember …

Have faith that ideas are going to come to you.

I often run into an apparent dead-end. Especially if I am writing a new piece without all my elements and structure figured out. One technique I have learned is to commit the problem to my subconscious and move on to another area. Even quit and take a break altogether. The phrase “sleep on it” is more than just folk wisdom – it works!

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November 30, 2011

Quote of the Day: Gabriel Garcia Marquez

I can’t think of any one film that improved on a good novel, but I can think of many good films that came from very bad novels.

November 29, 2011

Script: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

This first draft of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is available at Charlie Kaufman’s website along with a number of his other scripts. The site is a treasure trove — explore it thoroughly.

November 29, 2011

Quote of the Day: Joan Didion

We tell ourselves stories in order to live.

November 28, 2011

Screenwriter Profile: Nora Ephron

The Writer:

Nora Ephron was the undisputed queen of the romantic comedy. Often writing in teams, Ephron earned an Oscar nod and a place in film history for her script When Harry Met Sally. Other classics she turned out included You’ve Got Mail, Julie & Julia, and Sleepless in Seattle. Beyond her screenwriting achievements, Ephron also directed, produced, published a novel, and a book of essays.

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November 28, 2011

Quote of the Day: Blaise Pascal

The last thing one knows in constructing a work is what to put first.

November 23, 2011

Quote of the Day: John Osborne

Writers don’t need love; all they require is money.

November 22, 2011

Video: Writing Parallel Stories Effectively

This new video from Jacob Krueger takes a look at effective ways to juxtapose two stories against each other within a script. He uses the example of Blue Valentine and Dead Poets Society:

November 22, 2011

Quote of the Day: F Scott Fitzgerald

You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you’ve got something to say.

November 21, 2011

Script: The 40 Year Old Virgin

Here is the script for The 40 Year Old Virgin. This draft provided by Drew’s Script-o-Rama was written by Judd Apatow and Steve Carell.