How to Create Your Ideal Writing Life

The notion of creating an ideal writing life as an unknown storyteller is something that at first feels incredibly far off.

This is because you more than likely aren’t being paid for your stories, which means other things such as work or family are interrupting what could have been a full day of nonstop writing.

PrepworkEmma Welsh
What You’re Forgetting in Your Screenplay – Worldbuilding

When it comes to worldbuilding, I must admit, I usually neglect it, be it on this blog, where I rarely even mention it, or in my own screenplays. Instead, I'm all about characters and getting them "right" so that often I completely forget to think about the world. 

For a while, I assumed this was okay and that I was just writing in "reality" – especially for my films. But after reading Morgan's article of worldbuilding I came to quickly realize that all of my favorite movies have a deep layer of worldbuilding, I just wasn't seeing it! In fact, I was often mistaking this worldbuilding for "style."

5 Scenes to Add to the Second Act of Your Script

Without a doubt, writing the second act of any type of story is incredibly difficult, but writing the second act of screenplay is often even harder simply because every single scene must count. There is no time for dawdling plots or loitering characters – everything must either move the plot forward or reveal information about the character.

How to Write Stories Outside of Your Comfort Zone

One of the easiest traps to fall into as an emerging storyteller is the one you set for yourself – the writer’s comfort zone. The reason for this is simple to understand. As beginning writers, we are obsessed with the idea that we are not “good enough” or still have “so much to learn” that instead of treasuring that new perspective, we focus completely on developing and improving our work.

How to Plan and Write Your First Screenplay in One Month

One of the greatest benefits of writing a screenplay is how quickly you can start and finish a script. This is the case because of the way screenplays are formatted, the words per page being much shorter than they would be in a novel, but also how the pages themselves are spaced. As a result, planning and writing a solid screenplay draft in one month's time is not only doable but far less stressful of a process than it would be to write a novel in that time.

How to Find the Opening Shot of Your Screenplay

Every screenwriter knows the pressure of getting the opening shot of their screenplay just right, but a lot of times it feels like guesswork. We write what comes to mind and hope that it feels right, then edit it later again and again until we are satisfied with the opening image.

How to Learn the Screenwriting Format and Rules

One of the number one things that intimidates people about screenwriting is the format and the rules. As a result, many people who have always wanted to write a script may avoid doing so simply because they don't want to deal with the perceived learning curve that comes with the storytelling medium.