exposition
Like and share:8Follow http://www.writesofluid.com/ So what is exposition? Sometimes it’s described as “on the nose”; dialogue can be on the nose if it reveals information for the audience’s knowledge. Sometimes it’s overly explanatory of back story, characters’ feelings or character personality traits.  Same goes for action descriptions, which can be […]

17 top tips for avoiding exposition!


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Like and share:8Follow http://www.writesofluid.com/ I was thrilled when I spotted a new Creative Essentials title by Kamera Books on the topic of script editing; something that always intrigues me given its close connection to script reading/consultancy. I picked it up at the London Sreenwriters’ Festival (use my special discount code: […]

Book review: The Art of Script Editing by Karol Griffiths


STYLE TIPS
Like and share:8Follow http://www.writesofluid.com/ You’ve got your script written – phew! You’re pretty happy with the story and structure and characters and so forth – yeah! But what about the script’s CRAFT? Is your written STYLE coming across well? Is your script a SMOOTH and ENTERTAINING read? Is there anything […]

10 common style editing notes and how to fix them!


TV COMEDY SCRIPT TIPS
Like and share:8Follow http://www.writesofluid.com/ I read a lot of pitches and scripts for TV comedy, so I thought it would be a good idea to compile some of my most common observations and pieces of advice for you. Though I tried to keep it brief, it ended up being 16 […]

16 tips for writing TV comedy scripts – part two!



TV COMEDY SCRIPT TIPS 2
Like and share:8Follow http://www.writesofluid.com/ I read a lot of pitches and scripts for TV comedy, so I thought it would be a good idea to compile some of my most common observations and pieces of advice for you. Though I tried to keep it brief, it ended up being 16 […]

16 tips for writing TV comedy scripts – part one!


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Like and share:8Follow http://www.writesofluid.com/Today I’d like to share with you a simple concept that can really help you see your characters and plot differently and ultimately add valuable depth to them. MOTIVATIONS BEHIND MOTIVATIONS We’re all clear about motivations – characters gotta have them so that their actions are justified […]

How to add depth to your characters and plot using layers: motivations behind motivations


top tips for successful freelancing
Like and share:8Follow http://www.writesofluid.com/ Last week we chatted about ways to work towards becoming a freelance script reader. Great! But how do you become a freelance script reader and how do you make it a success? NETWORK – always. Make friends and contacts at events and online. Be there for […]

10 top tips to be a successful freelance script reader (plus London Screenwriters’ Festival DISCOUNT!)


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Like and share:8Follow http://www.writesofluid.com/ My script reading colleagues and I get asked “how do I become a script reader?” a lot. There’s no particular rules as to how to go about it, and answers will vary from reader to reader depending upon their personal experiences. However, there are still universal […]

How do I become a script reader? 10 tips for breaking into scriptreading (plus London Screenwriters’ Festival DISCOUNT!)



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Like and share:8Follow http://www.writesofluid.com/As a script reader I write a lot of reports. Naturally, the script notes/observations I make will be unique to the writer and their story, making it hard to give in-depth advice in a blog post, but there are definitely some common notes that appear time and […]

9 COMMON SCRIPT NOTES & HOW TO TACKLE THEM (plus London Screenwriters’ Festival DISCOUNT!)


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Like and share:8Follow http://www.writesofluid.com/ When I made my first film, THE CYCLIST, I made mistakes every step of the way, thus providing myself with valuable learning opportunities. The one aspect I would change that would have improved the film from start to finish, from casting to distribution, is the script. […]

6 screenwriting lessons I wish I understood before making my first film THE CYCLIST – guest post by filmmaker John ...


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Like and share:8Follow http://www.writesofluid.com/In the spring of 2011, myself and Ulrich Wehner (Co-Producer) had just wrapped on a shoot, another in a long line of productions. After producing a few of our own short films and working with other filmmakers in-between we discussed taking the leap; making that first feature […]

Six ways writers and filmmakers can make scripts ideal for guerilla filmmaking – guest post by Michael O’Connor


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Like and share:8Follow http://www.writesofluid.com/Two years ago I attended the Guerilla Filmmakers Masterclass, 2013, and it opened up an amazing bank of knowledge to me as a script reader. Not only could I understand scripts from a story analysis perspective, but I could now analyse just how effective a script would […]

5 great reasons why the Guerilla Filmmakers Masterclass is worth every penny



BANG 2
Like and share:8Follow http://www.writesofluid.com/So the weekend before last saw the hugely successful Breaking Into Script Reading class by Lucy V Hay, which generated over 1000 tweets using the hashtag #bang2write. Read on to see these tweets in a Storify thread! Why did you need to go to a script reading […]

1000 tips about script reading!


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Like and share:8Follow http://www.writesofluid.com/It’s that time of the month again when a new #loglinechallenge is set! Here are the prompts! Taking part is simple… Use the prompts to inspire story ideas and write them as loglines! Great way to practice writing concise loglines with which to pitch your ideas, come […]

June’s #loglinechallenge prompts – monthly writing challenge!


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Like and share:8Follow http://www.writesofluid.com/It’s time for May’s #loglinechallenge! and this month we have something a bit fun going on. We have our very own exclusive hand-bound #loglinechallenge ideas notebook! Like it? Take part* in May’s #loglinechallenge and be in with a chance of winning it! *Must share at least 15 […]

May’s #loglinechallenge prompts – take part and be in with a chance of winning an exclusive story ideas notebook!


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Like and share:8Follow http://www.writesofluid.com/It’s time for CHOCOLATE… Ahem! I mean, April’s #loglinechallenge! The Facebook group is also now private, so you needn’t worry about all your Facebook contacts seeing your fun logline entries. This just makes it nicer because you can feel at ease participating in the group or asking […]

Easy way to come up with a bunch of story ideas… April’s #loglinechallenge!



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Like and share:8Follow http://www.writesofluid.com/ I love relaxing with a good book, just as much as I love watching films. Naturally, I read a fair bit of non-fiction to expand my industry knowledge; the reviews of which I post here on Writesofluid. But what do I read in my spare time, […]

What am I reading?


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Like and share:8Follow http://www.writesofluid.com/ I was really excited when Carolyn Goodyear, to whom I’ve given feedback on some short scripts, contacted me to share her wonderful news – that she’s been longlisted in the Reed short film competition with her entry ‘Sesquipedaliainst’! So I found out more… Carolyn, welcome to […]

Interview with a Reed short film competition longlist contender!


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Like and share:8Follow http://www.writesofluid.com/I often help writers enrich their scripts; thinking about ways they can make their action descriptions more interesting and dynamic. It’s one of those tricky areas – you want it to be engaging and help the reader enjoy progressing through your story, but at the same time […]

How can we bring colour into our scripts?


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Like and share:8Follow http://www.writesofluid.com/ Know what a sorocom, gerontocom and oddcom is? Know how ID, ego, superego, projection, denial, idealisation, displacement, regression, rationalism and intellectualism affect romcoms? Know how to use aspirations, interventions and lessons to enhance your romcom plots? No? Then you need this excellent addition to the Creative […]

Book Review: Writing & Selling Romantic Comedy Screenplays by Helen Jacey & Craig Batty