When screenwriter Brian Helgeland talks about Screenwriting, we listen

Writer Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Mystic River) explains what it feels like to win an Oscar an a Razzie on the same weekend, why he thinks writer’s block is a myth, and reveals Clint Eastwood’s unique powers of persuasion.

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Read the Latest DOCTOR WHO Scripts for Free

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. BBC’s Writers Room is one of the interweb’s best places to go for behind-the-scenes info on BBC shows.

Of special interest to writers (and we’ve said this before too) is the Script Library, which keeps on adding to its collection of BBC TV, radio, and feature film scripts.

Here’s a sample of what’s available…and, yeppers, we’re especially excited to note the two Doctor Who Series 11 teleplays that have joined the fold:

7 Screenwriting Tips from – Oh, You Guessed! – Screenwriters

The mother and father of all showbiz trade maags, Variety.Com comes up with a winner for writers. In other words, this is about writing because that’s how we and our viewers win, yeah?

Here’s what Variety has to say about this vid:

Variety recently sat down with some of our 2016 Writers to Watch, including the scribes behind “Moana” and “Sully,” at the Whistler Film Festival where they gave us a few tips on how to become a successful screenwriter in Hollywood.



Our friends at Script Reader Pro come through once again with this common sense guide to writing a good scene:


by Script Reader Pro

Writing a scene — one that moves the reader — can be a challenge. But there’s one technique you should include in every scene you write. 

It’s a very simple method, and by the end of this post you will know what it is and how it’s implemented by professional screenwriters. Most non-screenwriters who watch films aren’t even aware of its existence, but it’s there in virtually every important scene in every film ever made. Even many aspiring screenwriters aren’t aware of its existence. Or if they are, they fail to use it when actually writing a scene.

Forget everyone telling you that your protagonist must have a goal against an antagonist. That just isn’t always the case, as we’ve already discussed in this post on why most advice on how to write a scene is wrong.

The #1 Tip For Writing A Scene… 

One of the single biggest problems we encounter with writing a scene is that they don’t “turn.” i.e. there’s no “reversal” emotionally or dramatically in the scene from bad to good, or vice versa.

A scene should never start on a positive value and end on a positive value. Or start on a negative value, and end on a negative value. Instead, every scene you write should “turn.” That is, go from:

a positive (+) to a negative (-)
or a negative (-) to a positive (+)

If Jim starts a scene kissing Brenda (+), then it had better end on a negative like him getting dumped (-). Or, if it starts with Jim arguing with Brenda because he forgot their anniversary (-), then it’d better end with something positive, like them making out (+).

When writing a scene, every one must end up in the opposite place from where it started. Otherwise its purpose can be seriously questioned. This transformation from a positive to a negative or vice versa is known as the scene reversal….

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5 Ways to Break In as a TV Writer

It’s True Origin Story time! A solid guide to getting started writing for TV that we believe is worth taking to heart:

by Rebecca Norris

Dreaming of writing for TV? Via interviews with five working TV writers in Hollywood, this guide will take you through different ways that writers have broken into the television business. Even though their paths are different, there are three things the writers all have in common: hard work, love of the craft, and perseverance. You’ll want to set aside at least an hour to get the most out of this guide and these exclusive classes and interviews. This guide is created specifically for TSL 360 members. Get ready for a big dose of inspiration!

If you don’t already have a TSL 360 membership, be sure to join TSL 360 for a FREE 3-day trial membership! TSL 360 is the LARGEST screenwriting education content library where you can learn from the best in the biz, featuring dozens of masterclasses, deep-dive interviews and lectures from Academy Award-winning screenwriters, Emmy-winning TV writers, producers, agents, major studio executives – all in one place.  

You’ll learn about:

  • Breaking into TV via the network/studio writing programs
  • Breaking into TV as a second career
  • Breaking into TV by writing for other platforms, such as theatre and games
  • Breaking into TV via the assistant route
  • Breaking into TV from contest wins
  • Breaking into TV after finding representation
  • Breaking into TV by bringing your own personal experience to the table

Ready to dive in? Sign up for your TSL 360 membership, and then let’s get started:


Kira Snyder is an Emmy-winning writer and producer, whose television credits include The 100 (CW), The Handmaid’s Tale(Hulu), Alphas (SyFy), and Eureka (SyFy). She was also a screenwriter on Steven S. DeKnight’s film Pacific Rim: Uprising. 

Kira worked as the co-producer of The 100 for three seasons and also wrote five episodes of the series. On The Handmaid’s Tale, Kira worked as a supervising producer for ten episodes and worked as an executive story editor for thirteen episodes on Alphas and Eureka. 

In her interview on TSL 360, Kira talks about getting into television after first having a separate career in gaming....

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