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Restless Writers

  • Ruthless concentration: How an hour can improve your life

    Ruthless concentration: How an hour can improve your life

    Like so many people these days, I struggle with productivity. With all the late-night doom-scrolling, a monkey brain that won’t sit still, efforts to quell daily anxiety, and trying to keep my hustle going, I’m finding it hard to actually … Con…
    - 41 days ago, 19 Aug 20, 6:44am -
  • Connecting in the time of COVID

    Connecting in the time of COVID

    When Maria returned from out west, merely months ago, we thought we were finally done with video calls. Then COVID happened. Now all four of us reside inside of Zoom. Our meetings have become more or less check-in’s instead of … Continue reading…
    - 26 Apr 20, 10:35pm -
  • Pop the Prosecco: We’re Celebrating!

    Pop the Prosecco: We’re Celebrating!

    We’re back. That’s right, after a largely unintentional summer-induced blogging hiatus, the RWs are back and we’re packing some seriously awesome news. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Restless Writers. Ten years, people! That’s a…
    - 2 Oct 19, 9:08pm -
  • Do something scary

    Do something scary

    I have jumped in something new. Something exciting. Something scary. And I LOVE it. It’s scary because it’s a re-entry into a world I have been away from for the past nine-years. It’s also scary because I’m allowing myself to … Continue rea…
    - 16 Mar 19, 7:57pm -
  • Resisting the pull of instant gratification

    Resisting the pull of instant gratification

    How many of you made New Year’s resolutions? Did you resolve to lose weight or get fit? Maybe you resolved to quit smoking or avoid sugar. Or maybe your goal is to save money, read more books, find a better … Continue reading →
    - 24 Jan 19, 6:06pm -
  • How to make a pine cone garland

    How to make a pine cone garland

    As per tradition, we followed our Restless Writers December meeting with an annual Christmas craft. After collecting (far too many) pine cones, we decided on rustic garland. For such a simple task, we were amazed at the number of bloggers … Continu…
    - 24 Dec 18, 2:23pm -
  • 7 ways that mindfulness can make you a better writer

    7 ways that mindfulness can make you a better writer

    After an exceptionally busy summer where I did hardly anything but work and recover and work some more, I am now back in a mind-space where I can re-introduce myself to my writing. (Hello, Writing, how have you been? Great … Continue reading →
    - 14 Sep 18, 7:45pm -
  • Spilling the Tea

    Spilling the Tea

    Okay, it’s crunch time people. We’re at T minus 19 four one hour until the next RW meeting and yours truly is zero for two on the action items she committed to at our gathering last month. They were pretty simple – … Continue reading →
    - 18 Aug 18, 4:45pm -
  • Your writers’ retreat guide

    Your writers’ retreat guide

    For weeks, I had been counting down the days and hours to my trip down the QEW in my black Yaris, to Niagara-on-the-Lake, mounting over Lake Ontario on the Skyway bridge thankful the winds weren’t threatening and the bridge was … Continue reading…
    - 20 May 18, 10:34am -
  • Dispatch from out west

    Dispatch from out west

    Last fall, I said good-bye to the hours-long commute, fast-food chains, and crowded shopping malls of southern Ontario, and hello to the small-town living, majestic mountain views, and independent spirit of the BC interior. I also had to say good-bye…
    - 16 Feb 18, 2:11pm -

Screenwriting Goldmine Blog

    Scriptangel's Blog

    • Monica Nath joins Script Angel coaching team
      Script Angel has further expanded its screenwriter coaching team with the appointment of experienced script development professional Monica Nath. After...The post Monica Nath joins Script Angel coaching team appeared first on Screenwriter Coaching a…
      - 5 days ago, 24 Sep 20, 2:00am -
    • Kellye Carnahan joins Script Angel coaching team
      Script Angel has bolstered its screenwriter coaching team with the appointment of former Miramax development executive Kellye Carnahan. Kellye began...The post Kellye Carnahan joins Script Angel coaching team appeared first on Screenwriter Coaching…
      - 12 days ago, 17 Sep 20, 2:00am -
    • How to Boost Your Creativity
      If you’re feeling stuck and unoriginal, we’ve got some great tips to boost your creativity. Whether you’re struggling to find...The post How to Boost Your Creativity appeared first on Screenwriter Coaching and Talent Development.
      - 26 days ago, 3 Sep 20, 2:00am -
    • Alumni success – Sally Pitts wins short film commission
      Celebrating Script Angel alumni success! Congratulations to Sally Pitts whose short comedy script ‘Bits and Bobs’ has been selected for...The post Alumni success – Sally Pitts wins short film commission appeared first on Screenwriter Coaching…
      - 33 days ago, 27 Aug 20, 2:00am -
    • Script Competition Strategy
      Script Angel’s screenwriting coach Douglas Dougan shares his top tips for developing a script competition strategy. Everyone fights for those...The post Script Competition Strategy appeared first on Screenwriter Coaching and Talent Development.
      - 40 days ago, 20 Aug 20, 2:00am -
    • Alumni success – Maja Bodenstein awarded BEATS Fellowship
      Celebrating Script Angel alumni success! Congratulations to Maja Bodenstein who has been awarded a Fellowship with the prestigious BEATS, British...The post Alumni success – Maja Bodenstein awarded BEATS Fellowship appeared first on Screenwriter C…
      - 47 days ago, 13 Aug 20, 2:00am -
    • Alumni success – Georgina Tremayne feature film premiere
      Celebrating Script Angel alumni success! Congratulations to screenwriter Georgina Tremayne whose debut feature film ‘Trevor‘ will premiere at Cerdanya Film...The post Alumni success – Georgina Tremayne feature film premiere appeared first on S…
      - 54 days ago, 6 Aug 20, 2:00am -
    • Alumni success – Dee Chilton wins Filmarket Hub TV Pilot Contest
      Celebrating Script Angel alumni success! Congratulations to Dee Chilton who has won the Filmarket Hub TV Pilot Contest 2020 with...The post Alumni success – Dee Chilton wins Filmarket Hub TV Pilot Contest appeared first on Screenwriter Coaching an…
      - 61 days ago, 30 Jul 20, 2:00am -
    • Audio Avenues
      If you love writing audio drama but don’t feel you’re suited to writing for BBC Radio 4, what are the...The post Audio Avenues appeared first on Screenwriter Coaching and Talent Development.
      - 68 days ago, 23 Jul 20, 2:00am -
    • Why You Should Write for Radio Drama
      Radio drama presents incredible opportunities, but when you’re heading for a niche market, you need to lead with your passion,...The post Why You Should Write for Radio Drama appeared first on Screenwriter Coaching and Talent Development.
      - 82 days ago, 9 Jul 20, 2:00am -

    Scriptchat

    STORMBLOG

    • WE'VE MOVED!

      WE'VE MOVED!

      Hi folks, effective immediately, the Coverage Ink/Writers on the Storm blog has moved to our new site. We will no longer be updating this old blog and eventually it will be phased out. The new blog has all the exact same content. So please bookmark:…
      - 26 Jun 17, 5:05pm -
    • Alien Choices

      Alien Choices

      by Tanya KleinIt seems to be time for one of my once-every-few-months soap-box rants. In other words, I’ve come to the point – again – where just gritting my teeth at writers phoning it in isn’t enough and I have to vent. What brought it on t…
      - 30 May 17, 11:47pm -
    • SO HERE'S THE SITUATION

      SO HERE'S THE SITUATION

      Writer/Producer Jamie Rhonheimer has been killing it in the situation comedy world for almost two decades. You may have heard of some of the shows he's been staffed on, like "Will and Grace," "How I Met Your Mother," and most recently Netflix's "The…
      - 17 May 17, 5:29am -
    • We Review Queries for Free. We Don't Write Them for You.

      We Review Queries for Free. We Don't Write Them for You.

      As many of you know, we here at Coverage Ink will review your query letter for free. That means simply, you send us the query which you are planning to blast to the industry. We then give you our feedback. This generally means letting you know if you…
      - 3 May 17, 4:48am -
    • The WGA's Take on What Happened to the Movie Biz

      The WGA's Take on What Happened to the Movie Biz

      WGA Negotiators celebrate. Photo credit: The Hollywood ReporterAt the 11th hour, the WGA avoided a costly writer's strike with a new deal -- and pulled off some decent gains on the TV side. Alas, they weren't so successful when it came to features, a…
      - 3 May 17, 4:47am -
    • Handy "Heroic Journey" Structure Chart

      Handy "Heroic Journey" Structure Chart

      Well, hello, AWESOME! Many thanks to Storyboard That for this super useful graphic. And what is this thing? Why, it is your feature screenplay structure at a glance. We here at Coverage Ink are big fans of the Hero's Journey, aka mythological struct…
      - 24 Mar 17, 9:17pm -
    • GET REPPED NOW POSTPONED

      GET REPPED NOW POSTPONED

      Hi folks, we've postponed Get Repped Now for the time being. We were going to bring it back Spring 2017, but we are going to have to put that on hold until further notice -- likely summer or fall.We are currently in the final phase of production on o…
      - 22 Mar 17, 12:17am -
    • Scriptfest Early Registration Discount

      Scriptfest Early Registration Discount

      Coverage Ink's Jim Cirile moderates the Agent/Manager panel at 2016 ScriptfestScriptfest returns June 23-25 at the Burbank Marriott, and we couldn't be more excited. As many of you know, we here at Coverage Ink have enjoyed a wonderful relationship w…
      - 18 Mar 17, 6:09pm -
    • Work the Problem

      Work the Problem

      Screenwriters bend over backwards to contrive events rather than embrace the path of greatest resistance.By Jim Cirilewww.coverageink.comSNEAKY PETE kicks heaping mounds of gluteus. In case you haven't seen it yet (and what are you waiting for?) Giov…
      - 2 Mar 17, 5:18am -
    • Sundance 2017: Streaming Owns the Universe

      Sundance 2017: Streaming Owns the Universe

      Producer/story analyst extraordinaire David Whitney puts on his roving reporter hat to bring us the skinny from this year's Sundance Film Festival. By David WhitneyThis year’s festival was less closed-off from the outside world than previous years…
      - 22 Feb 17, 5:55pm -

    Aspiring TV Writer & Screenwriter

    • Moving on
      I first started this blog in June of 2007, two months before I moved to L.A as an eager college graduate working on a spec script of little-known drama FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS. Netflix had introduced online streaming just four months earlier. Twitter had…
      - 16 Oct 15, 12:16pm -
    • Interview w/ James & Sharla Oliver, the writers of tonight's UNDER THE DOME
      James and Sharla Oliver wrote tonight's episode of UNDER THE DOME, which airs at 10/9c on CBS -- and they were kind enough to answer five questions about their experience as writers and assistants. This interview is extra special for me since they m…
      - 6 Aug 15, 3:00pm -
    • 2015 Disney Channel Storytellers Program open for submissions

      2015 Disney Channel Storytellers Program open for submissions

      Disney Channel Storytellers is a 20-week writer incubator program focused on developing up-and-coming talent who already have professional representation. The primary focus of the program is not staffing, but rather identifying the unique voices who…
      - 5 Aug 15, 1:44am -
    • What's your favorite line in a movie?

      What's your favorite line in a movie?

      Dialogue lovers: here's a fun new Academy Originals video in which industry pros reveal their favorite movie lines. What's your favorite movie line?
      - 28 Jul 15, 7:40pm -
    • What to expect in an entertainment internship interview
      A.R. writes: As someone hoping to get their first internship doing script coverage, I'm not really sure what questions to expect for the interview. What, in your experience, do employees looking for script interns usually ask? What would be any advic…
      - 14 Jul 15, 1:28am -
    • Get $50 off an Austin Film Festival conference badge

      Get $50 off an Austin Film Festival conference badge

      The 2015 Austin Film Festival will run from October 29-November 5 and feature panelists such as Norman Lear, Shane Black, Jack Burditt, David Wain, Kelly Marcel and Terry Rossio (along with other writers, industry agents and creative executives).If…
      - 9 Jun 15, 2:32am -
    • Nickelodeon's 'Script First' program open for submissions

      Nickelodeon's 'Script First' program open for submissions

      Want to write an animated series for Nickelodeon? Enter the network's new Script First program!From Nick's website:Nickelodeon Animation Studios is proud to present a new path in series development called Script First! Here’s how it works: you subm…
      - 13 May 15, 3:34pm -
    • Fellowship & contest deadline alert: Austin and WB
      Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay CompetitionFinal Deadline: May 20For the first time ever, AFF will provide Reader Comments to ALL entrants in the Screenplay & Teleplay Competition for FREE!  In addition, all entrants receive registration…
      - 13 May 15, 1:10am -
    • NHMC TV writers program open for submissions
      Created in 2003, the NHMC Television Writers Program is an intensive scriptwriters workshop that prepares Latinos for writing jobs at major television networks. Modeled after the previously successful Hispanic Film Project, the program is a direct re…
      - 21 Apr 15, 1:05pm -
    • NYWIFT launches writers lab for women over 40
      Funded with the generous support of Meryl Streep and organized by Iris, The NYWIFT Writers Lab brings 8 women screenwriters over the age of 40 together with established mentors from the film industry for an intimate gathering and intensive workshop a…
      - 21 Apr 15, 12:05am -
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    Writer's Pitch Book

    • Books and Scripts Selling in Hollywood in 2012

      Books and Scripts Selling in Hollywood in 2012

      By Sharon Y. Cobb The news from Hollywood continues to be cause for celebration by authors and screenwriters. Over half of all deals made by film producers in 2012 were for original work. About 29% of purchases were books. And the majority of those w…
      - 6 Mar 13, 5:02pm -
    • U.K. Film Producer Requests Scripts and Books

      U.K. Film Producer Requests Scripts and Books

      Congratulations to writers with pitches in the Fall 2012 Writers Pitch Book who caught the eye of YouGoFar Productions. The production company produces films in the U.K. and Estonia and maintain production offices in both countries. Their firm is add…
      - 18 Dec 12, 10:15am -
    • D.D. Queens Gets Agent Request

      D.D. Queens Gets Agent Request

      An agent with MARSAL LYON LITERARY AGENCY requested a synopsis and first three chapters of D.D. Queens’ novel, New Smyrna Swing: A Jenna Palmer Mystery. The Marsal Lyon agent found Queens’ pitch in the Fall 2012 Writers Pitch Book. D.D. Queens is…
      - 12 Oct 12, 2:04pm -
    • Writers Pitch Book Goes to Hollywood
      We began sending the Writers Pitch Book to Hollywood production companies today. Also, research has begun on new independent producers as well as established film industry veterans. We’re looking for the most likely companies to respond positively…
      - 11 Oct 12, 2:05pm -
    • Agents Get New Pitch Book!

      Agents Get New Pitch Book!

      After days of editing, the Fall 2012 Writers Pitch Book has begun going out to book agents this morning. The following prominent agents just received the new Pitch Book via email: Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger, Inc. Mollie Glick, Foundry Media Sandy…
      - 4 Oct 12, 11:20am -
    • Writers Pitch Book Deadline Extended
      The deadline for submissions to the Fall 2012 Writers Pitch Book has been extended until Saturday, September 15, midnight. Sometimes writers wait until the last minute to do something we need to do. Then we rush to meet our deadline. On occasion we j…
      - 31 Aug 12, 4:42pm -
    • What is Hollywood Buying Now? Analysis of 2012 Film Deals.

      What is Hollywood Buying Now? Analysis of 2012 Film Deals.

      By Sharon Y. Cobb Hollywood is bullish on books. Thirty-two percent of all film deals reported by DoneDealPro.com in the first six months of 2012 were for books. And it’s not just about buying blockbuster, bestsellers now. There were lots of deals…
      - 17 Aug 12, 10:34am -
    • Agent Requests Work from Five More Pitch Book Authors
      Congratulations to writers receiving requests for submissions from agent Sandy Lu of L. Perkins Agency. Sandy asked for a synopsis and first three chapters from five writers who submitted pitches to the Spring 2012 Writers Pitch Book. The work reques…
      - 12 Jul 12, 4:12pm -
    • WRITERS PITCH BOOK OPENS FOR SUBMISSIONS
      2012 Fall Writers Pitch Book is now open for submissions! Thanks to many writers eager to submit their pitches, we’ve opened submissions a few days early. I appreciate everyone who sent emails asking to submit their pitches right away. I’m consid…
      - 27 Jun 12, 10:08am -
    • HOLLYWOOD PRODUCERS GETTING PITCH BOOK

      HOLLYWOOD PRODUCERS GETTING PITCH BOOK

      Congrats to all the screenwriters with pitches in the Spring 2012 Writers Pitch Book. Two prominent production companies in LA just requested and received the Pitch Book. I hope they like your pitches as much as I do. Escape Artists Films produced: T…
      - 30 May 12, 1:24pm -

    The Script Lab

    • newThe 25 Most Iconic Character Descriptions in Film History
      How do you write a character description in a screenplay? It’s a simple question, with a seemingly simple answer, right?...The post The 25 Most Iconic Character Descriptions in Film History appeared first on The Script Lab.
      - 3 hours ago, 28 Sep 20, 5:18pm -
    • How to Write a Great Logline: 3 Questions Every Logline Needs to Answer
      A great logline might just be the most important part of your script. In fact, this one sentence can determine...The post How to Write a Great Logline: 3 Questions Every Logline Needs to Answer appeared first on The Script Lab.
      - 7 days ago, 21 Sep 20, 12:42pm -
    • 2020 TSL Free Screenplay Contest Finalists
      Listed below are the Finalists of the 2020 TSL Free Screenplay Contest. These exceptional screenplays were selected from over 13,000...The post 2020 TSL Free Screenplay Contest Finalists appeared first on The Script Lab.
      - 26 days ago, 2 Sep 20, 1:00pm -
    • How to Write a Montage: 3 Easy Ways to Format Your Script
      Writing a montage scene is a tricky task for most screenwriters. They’re often torn between the need to push the...The post How to Write a Montage: 3 Easy Ways to Format Your Script appeared first on The Script Lab.
      - 29 days ago, 30 Aug 20, 4:01pm -
    • The Hero’s Journey Breakdown: Rocky
      How does Rocky follow Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey breakdown? Welcome to another installment of our new series A Hero’s Journey Breakdown...The post The Hero’s Journey Breakdown: Rocky appeared first on The Script Lab.
      - 35 days ago, 24 Aug 20, 4:01pm -
    • The Hero’s Journey Breakdown: Top Gun
      How does Top Gun follow Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey breakdown? Welcome to another installment of our new series A Hero’s Journey...The post The Hero’s Journey Breakdown: Top Gun appeared first on The Script Lab.
      - 45 days ago, 14 Aug 20, 2:53pm -
    • The Hero’s Journey Breakdown: Stand By Me
      How does Stand By Me follow Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey breakdown? Welcome to another installment of our new series A Hero’s...The post The Hero’s Journey Breakdown: Stand By Me appeared first on The Script Lab.
      - 45 days ago, 14 Aug 20, 12:24pm -
    • How to Write Good Characters
      The television landscape is full of antiheroes – lead characters with questionable morals, dark secrets, regrettable pasts, and bad judgement...The post How to Write Good Characters appeared first on The Script Lab.
      - 46 days ago, 13 Aug 20, 3:11pm -
    • 2020 TSL Free Screenplay Contest Semifinalists
      Listed below are the Semifinalists of the 2020 TSL Free Screenplay Contest. These exceptional screenplays were selected from over 13,000...The post 2020 TSL Free Screenplay Contest Semifinalists appeared first on The Script Lab.
      - 47 days ago, 12 Aug 20, 1:00pm -
    • The Hero’s Journey Breakdown: Ghostbusters
      How does Ghostbusters follow Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey breakdown? Welcome to another installment of our new series A Hero’s Journey Breakdown...The post The Hero’s Journey Breakdown: Ghostbusters appeared first on The Script Lab.
      - 49 days ago, 10 Aug 20, 12:58pm -

    Script Magazine

    SimplyScripts

    • newHome by Sean O’Donaghue – short script review – available for production*
      HOME (12-page short horror screenplay) Written by SEAN O’DONAGHUE A man and woman are drawn to an abandoned house minutes apart for unrelated reasons and engage in a game of broken telephone in a house with motives of its own. It’s always a pleas…
      - 14 hours ago, 28 Sep 20, 5:46am -
    • Original Script Sunday and who wrote what September OWC
      Over on the Unproduced scripts page are 15 original scripts for your reading pleasure. Also, who wrote what and writers’ choice is up from the September One Week Challenge. – don
      - 1 day ago, 27 Sep 20, 12:45pm -
    • Inside Llewyn Davis – screenplay

      Inside Llewyn Davis – screenplay

      Inside Llewyn Davis – Undated, unspecified draft script by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen – hosted by: Rain Dance – in pdf format Follow a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow,…
      - 4 days ago, 25 Sep 20, 6:19am -
    • Out Of Time screenplay

      Out Of Time screenplay

      Thanks “PC” for the heads up. Out Of Time – February 13, 2001 unspecified draft script by David Collard – hosted by: Daily Script – in pdf format Matt Lee Whitlock, respected chief of police in small Banyan Key, Florida, must solve a viciou…
      - 5 days ago, 24 Sep 20, 5:57am -
    • Gift Horse by Anthony Cawood – short script review – available for production*
      GIFT HORSE (5-page short thriller screenplay) by Anthony Cawood What seems like a chance encounter turns out to be something much more sinister when a muscle-bound gym-rat crosses paths with a bartender who’s grieving the death of his twin sister.…
      - 6 days ago, 23 Sep 20, 5:50am -
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