Marty Scorsese on What Makes a Great Screenplay?

THE BIG SHAVE by Scorsese AKA the best student film ever made

Let’s face it, “What makes a great screenplay?” is flat out the question all writers need answered. (Not the same as “want answered” because that question would be, “How do I get an agent?”

For the record, our answer to the agent question is, “Talk to your friends who are agented and see if they recommend theirs…and make sure their reason is that, “They’re selling me and my work!”

As for the great screenplay answer, well, who better to hear from on this matter than the writer/director/critic who has given us so many of them? Take it away, Mr. Scorsese: read article

22 lessons from Stephen King on how to be a great writer

Everything you need to know about great writing. Especially if you’re Stephen King (“Stop watching television?” Oh noooooooo):

Renowned author Stephen King writes stories that captivate millions of people around the world and earn him an estimated $17 million a year. read article

The Bitter Script Reader’s Guide to Writing a Spec TV Episode

Here it is, gang. Just what you’ve been waiting for. Or should’ve been waiting for: The most complete guide to writing a spec episode of a TV series this TVWriter™ minion has ever seen.

Um, LB…why haven’t you done this? (Uh-oh. Am I in trouble now?)

by The Bitter Script Reader

For years, I’ve toyed with posting one of my scripts on this site and using it to explain my process of breaking a script. In all cases, I ran into the same problems: I couldn’t use something that I was still sending around as a sample with my own name on it, and anything older I was no longer using as a sample was probably such a sub-par example of my work that it seemed foolish to put it out there publicly. Every now and then I thought of writing one of those “gimmick” specs, like the infamous FRIENDS spec where they all get AIDS, but was often confronted by a lack of either time or inspiration. read article