Screenwriting Blogs Recap – The Return of the Writers!

Hey kids, one of the scribosphere’s most popular and highly contested screenwriting sites, “The Artful Writer” is back on the air. Craig and Ted have revamped the site and it looks spiffy.

John August returned from his writing pow wow in beautiful Maine and shares tales of joy, woe and termite tents. He even includes pics of his trip.

And Alex Epstein never left the building but continues his discussion on how to approach folks with your script if you’re already on the inside.

Screenwriting Blogs Recap – New Blogs!

Hoorah for trolling the internet. You find all sorts of interesting things. For instance, last night around 1 a.m. I discovered the blog penned by Mystery Man on Film, anonymous insider who bills himself as “famous yet anonymous, failed yet accomplished, brilliant yet semi-brilliant. I’m a homebody who jetsets around the world. I’m brash and daring yet chilled with a twist.”

Very intriguing, eh? So Mr. Mystery has now been added to the link list of screenwriting blogs to watch out for. This month he’s offering a unique and fun challenge to screenwriters: READ the screenplay of your favorite movie, post your critique on your blog and send him a link to his blog. He’s posting some of his favorite responses on his site, so you get a chance at exposure among the scribosphere. PLUS, you can read responses from your peers around the internet. What are you waiting for? Start writing!

And, courtesy of Ms. Jane, we have another new screenwriting blog for our reading pleasure. This one comes from the pen of Amanda the Aspiring TV Writer, an assistant at an agency in LA who graduated last year from Ithaca College. Ms. Amanda offers her inside scoop on how to make it in showbiz. I like this girl. She’s honest and savvy and doesn’t waste time lamenting. These are qualities that all of us screenwriters should aspire to. And in today’s post, she gives us no excuse for not getting our script into the Hands that Control the Industry. She started off not knowing a soul and now she’s in LA. Read how she did it and apply her method.

And Cat! favorite Blake Snyder
shows us that sometimes truth is stranger than fiction and that you should always have your pen and paper ready to capture those “movie moments,” (for instance, pregnant man anyone)?

Screenwriting Blogs Recap – Wednesday Edition

Delicious details of how to improve your craft, what shows really look like and how to get your script read by important eyeballs abound today in the screenwriting blogosphere. Here are the recaps from my favorite scribes:

Complications Ensue
blogger Alex Epstein explains to a lucky office production assistant how to get their script read by the His parting advice?
“Don’t be a pusher. Be a hooker. That’s how you get ahead in Hollywood.” Classic stuff kids. Write it down.

Lovely Jane Espenson reveals to a lucky reader the art and craft of show bibles, using such shows as “Frasier” and “Battlestar Galatica” as examples. She’s right on the money. A few years ago I had the pleasure of reading the show bible for “Teen Titans,” which explained not only their world but the characters and outlines for ten of the first episodes, many of which were actually written. If/when I find the bible I’ll post it here, but for now, enjoy Jane’s tidbits.

And Kung Fu Monkey hustler John Rogers makes my head hurt as he chronicles the process his staff goes through to create episodes of their shows. It includes LOTS of index cards. Of various colors. Yikes. And he even includes photos of their writing room. Happy folks, they are.

Screenwriting Blogs Recap

Hello hello dear readers. With the plethora of blogs out there you may wonder how you will ever find the time to read them all. Well look no further! I present to you a recap of today’s gems of the blogsophere from my favorite screenwriters. Enjoy!

Today on Blake Synder: Spec-O-Palooza
The writer of the now famous books Save the Cat! and Save the Cat! Goes to the Movies explains why NOW is the best time for you to submit your spec and how you can come up with a high concept idea that is neither lame nor cliche.

Jane Esperson presents:
And Maybe Looking in the Mirror Will Make Him See Himself

Ms. J encourgages us not to write drag that old dog of a line into the script again, thus annoying our poor viewers. As she says in her blog:
“If a line seemed to write itself because you’ve heard similar lines a million times, it’s probably worth reviewing for several reasons: if it isn’t holding your interest as you write it, it probably won’t interest the reader either.”

No update from our man John August until Thursday.

Man Bytes Hollywood will be receiving a nice chunk of change due to a lawsuit against UCLA for charging exorbidant fees. This has, well, nothing to do with screenwriting but it’s good to see that Dave and the other former students will get some money back. I remember the pain of my student fees. *shudder*

Jon Deer at The Thinking Writer hasn’t updated his blog since FEBRUARY 26TH. What’ the deal, yo? Where are you?!

Craig Mazin is still on break. He’ll creep back into the internet sometime this month.

Kung Fu Monkey’s John Rogers gives a shoutout to web comic creators Warren Ellis and Paul Duffield for FREAKANGELS. Story struck me as odd but the art is mighty fantastic. John hasn’t given us any tidbits on the submissions he received for his new series, or anything else for that matter, this month but I’ll report as soon as I hear anything.

And this is surely the shot heard ’round the world wide web, kids.
Alex Epstein reports that Uwe Boll, crafter of such cinematic masterpieces as BloodRayne, BloodRayne II and In The Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale, will GIVE UP THE CRAFT if one million people sign this petition.

Now I’ve never seen any of these movies, but I must say I’m impressed by the fact that this cat still makes movies even though he appears to be one of the, if not THE most hated filmmakers on the planet. And though people have protested, he keeps going. He’s like the Energizer Bunny, the Fidel Castro of film, if you will.

So that’s the scoop. Want to see more recaps of other blogs? Drop me a line and let me know which ones should be featured.

New blog link: Complications Ensue

I found a new screenwriting blog that is quite entertaining: Alex Epstein’s “Complications Ensue.” He is a screenwriter (natch) and the author of Crafty Screenwriting and Crafty TV Writing. Today he wrote about Script Frenzy (yay!) and how the key to winning is to make as detailed an outline as possible and not reread or edit anything AT ALL until you finish.

I completely agree with this advice. It’s how I won Script Frenzy last year.
The thing is, if you do it this way, you out-write doubt. It doesn’t have a chance to catch up to your blazin’ fingers.

That’s a tip kids. Write it down!