Screenwriting Tricks for Authors

LB’s pal, Alexandra Sokoloff has been sharing her knowledge of the writing craft via her Screenwriting Tricks for Authors workshops all over the world. Now she’s bringing her talent to YouTube so we can all learn in the comfort of our sequestered homes. Hi, Alex!

The adventure continues via Ms. Sokoloff’s YouTube Channel:

Alexandra Sokoloff’s website is here:

10 Editing Tips That’ll Instantly Make You a Better Writer

Grammarcheck.Net continues to delight us with its helpful tips for writers of all media.



by Bob Tinsley

Why should you as a visitor to TVWriter™ be interested in creating audio fiction? Why should you be interested in making podcasts? Discoverability, that’s why.

Here’s the latest news to help you and your show get discovered: 

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Welcome to Islabrea, a New Encounter Party! Adventure.

Encounter Party! and Play+1 have partnered with the studio Zombie Orpheus Entertainment to develop our podcast into a web series to be broadcast on The Fantasy Network! This production will be a tightly edited gaming adventure with professional scoring . . . and refines each episode to about 50-70 minutes of high energy storytelling and expert gameplay. Audibly it will sound exactly the same with all the added elements you might enjoy from a livestream; adapted and crafted by a professional film studio.

The Fantasy Network is a “mostly free” streaming platform for web series and short films. Some of their shows are free to watch, but they also have a premium option for $4.99 per month. From what I’ve seen (very little), their productions are high quality.


Less is Morgue Seeks New Scripts.

Less is Morgue, a queer horror-comedy podcast, is looking for new writers. From the website: “We’re big believers in the virtues of episodic, cartoon-style comedy storytelling in the vein of The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Gravity Falls, and the classic era of The Simpsons.”

They have “several” seasons planned out, each season consisting of 31 episodes, so they are opening submissions for freelance scripts. All requirements for submission are listed in the linked Google Doc. And, oh, yeah, they’re paying $50 per script! 

It all begins with a pitch, so get in there!


Write A Doctor Who Short Trip Story!

From the website: “Big Finish today opens its annual Short Trips writing opportunity, seeking new writers to create a Doctor Who short story to be released as an audiobook at Christmas 2020.” Guidelines for submission are available at the link below. Deadline is June 30, 2020. The terms and conditions don’t specify a cash prize, but they don’t say that there isn’t one, either. In any case, Big Finish tends to reuse writers they like. With pay!


QR Codes – A Great Way To Promote & Share Your Podcast.

One of the most difficult parts of promoting and sharing a podcast is finding a quick, simple, painless way to directly connect a new listener, particularly those who may not know how to find and listen to podcasts. In this article, the prolific Lindsay Harris Friel points out that QR codes may be the secret sauce. She gives a brief but clear overview of what they are and how to use them. A great idea!



On December 25th, 2007, movie star and heiress Julie Capsom crashed her car into a tree in Northern California, walked into a nearby clearing, and vanished, leaving behind a male torso in her trunk. 10 years later, reporter Bea Casely and private detective Brenda Bentley are going to reopen the case. Created, Written, and Produced by Emily VanDerWerff, Christopher Dole, and Sara Ghaleb, the series is a behind the scenes docudrama of the investigation. The production is pleasingly professional, and the bickering between Bea and Brenda adds a dimension not usually found in this format. Well worth a listen.

Until next week, same Pod-time, same Pod-channel, keep listening and keep creating.

Do You Know Who the World’s First Author Is?

Soraya Field Fiorio knows who the world’s first author was…well, at least the first one we know about so far. Meet Enheduanna, High Priestess Extraordinaire.

Found at TED-Ed on YouTube


NOTE FROM LB: Back in 1983 I was an Executive Producer of a short-lived  TV series called Automan.

Not only was it short-lived, it also was greatly beloved by stars Desi Arnaz and Chuck Wagner and my very self), and, if my experience in the real world is to be believed, at least dozens of viewers who are missing it to this day.

Here’s a look back by one of those viewers, found right here on the interwebs, and neither Desi nor Chuck nor I twisted any arms to make it happen. Hey, Bashbash Cramer, we loveya, man!

by Bashbash Cramer

Nowadays when you see a movie like the Transformers or Iron Man you often go “wow! look at that Ferrari 458 or Audi R8!” But if we look deeper into movie history we can see there was a cooler car that make those look like nothing.

That car in question was the Autocar which starred in the 1983 TV series Automan. Even if there was only 13 episodes aired, it took viewers into a science fiction world of comedy, adventure and mystery.

The TV show was about a police officer who goes by the name of Walter Nebicher (called Wallie by his friends) and Automan who was an artificial intelligence that helps him solve mysteries and crimes.

Cursor was Automan’s sidekick and let us just say he had a very naughty personality especially when it came to woman. Anyway, Cursor was a flying, glowing polyhedron that could “draw” and create any physical objects. This included the Autocar which was a Lamborghini Countach LP400. Here are 5 reasons why it is the coolest car in tv history.


The Autocar isn’t just any Lamborghini Countach LP400. In fact it can take corners better than any car, even compared to today’s standards. When encountering a corner it could do a perfect 90 degree turn without even braking. Unfortunately, this meant if you were a mortal and didn’t have your seatbelt on, you flew all over the place in the car like a bouncy ball….

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