Much like our writers group, my favorite screenwriting podcast has gone to video chat. The last two episodes of Scriptnotes have been live video shows, broadcast over Youtube. This week’s show invited budding writers to share their work. Each writer joined the show to receive their critiques.
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Read along with the submitted three-page-challenge entries here:
How does one prepare to write different characters’ voices? By listening to actual people. In this episode of Scriptnotes, John and Craig listen to audio samples, then break down the way different people speak and how that can inform your writing.
It’s a classic, but what makes the script for Back to the Future work? How many ticking clocks are there in that story, anyway?
Find out in the latest Writers Blockbusters podcast at
Writers Blockbusters, produced by Thunder Grunt, is an exceptionally good podcast from writers and script readers who really know their craft. Check it out!
One stumbling block for beginning writers is formatting. Yes, you can write in Word, Google Docs, even a yellow legal pad, but if you want it to LOOK like a screenplay, you’ll need some software to help with that.
While many professionals use Final Draft (the most expensive), the popularity of that program has been waning. There are many cheaper alternatives that make PDF files just as well.
If you’re on Windows, I recommend the free app TRELBY. For Mac users, there are many low cost programs such as HIGHLAND, SLUGLINE, and CELTX. Web apps can be appealing, but paying their subscription rates probably isn’t worth it if you’re not a professional writer.
See our page of software links on the RWW website at:
Writer/Director Greta Gerwig is best known for her Oscar nominated film Lady Bird. This year, her adaptation of Little Women comes to theaters. She approached this adaptation differently than film versions have done in the past, however. Instead of telling the story chronologically, she focuses on the adult characters and has occasional flashbacks to them as girls.
Hear more about her approach in this episode of KCRW’s The Business.
If you’ve ever seen The Devil Wears Prada, 27 Dresses, or Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, you know the work of Aline Brosh McKenna. Take a listen to this Gimlet interview with the writer, who shares her ups and downs trying to write scripts that break away from Hollywood tropes.