Posted by: steveonfilm | February 22, 2010

Screenwriting Blog/Website Plugs

When it comes to educating myself about screenwriting and the career of being a screenwriter, as well as trying to break into the business in general, there are a few blogs that I hit up on basically a daily basis.

The first blog is Laura Cross’s “About A Screenplay”. If you haven’t been to this blog yet, I highly encourage you to do so. Laura is “the owner of Scenario Writing Studio and [has] worked as a freelance script reader for production companies and literary agencies.” Laura does offer some “paid” services but the blog is hardly about hawking her “products.” She offers some really interesting insight into the screenwriting process, and the film industry in general.

Laura posts close to every day with some sort of information. A lot of time she answers questions various readers send her way. Other times she’ll post about what books have been optioned by studios. The posts I find most interesting is when she offers advice on how to address relatively common problems aspiring writers encounter.

Laura’s advice and suggestions are very sound, and on more than one occasion has helped me critically address some sort of story element I was having problems with. One of the neatest posts on her blog is a page that is dedicated to outlining the movie “Twins.” Laura breaks down the entire movie in a very easy to follow outline using slug lines and basic scene description. It was quite instrumental in helping me develop my outlining techniques during my preparation before I wrote “Served Cold.”

If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, please do yourself a favor and do so.

The second blog I wanted to plug is something I just started to recently read, and that’s Ashley Scott Meyer’s “Selling Your Screenplay.” If that name sounds familiar, it’s likely because you’ve seen his book of the same name while perusing your local book sellers “Screenwriting” section.

The name of the blog is a bit of a misnomer, since it’s not entirely about “selling,” as much as working on things that can help you sell your screenplay. Ashley knows his stuff, and the advice and suggestions he gives should give aspiring writers more than enough to chew on when considering their own projects.

Ashley posts about once a week, sometimes more, sometimes less, but always an entertaining read. Personally, I found his posts on loglines EXTREMELY helpful in my ever lasting quest at getting better at writing them. Regardless, check this blog out.

That’s it for now, I’ve got to get back to my outline. But this should give you something to do with some downtime over the next week or two.

Until next time, keep writing!
-Steve

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