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Restless Writers

  • 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 -
  • #HappyEverything

    #HappyEverything

    It’s 2018. Screw resolutions. Especially the expected and traditional ones. Instead, let’s view the new year as a fresh start, a way to share in the spirit of renewal with friends and family. There is something exhilarating about a new … Contin…
    - 7 Jan 18, 2:42pm -
  • Restless Across the Miles

    Restless Across the Miles

    “I just wanted to let you know that I miss you. I’m running around today but I’ll try to call you tonight.” That’s an actual email from a former beau. We met in our last year of university and upon … Continue reading →
    - 1 Dec 17, 12:18am -

Screenwriting Goldmine Blog

    Scriptangel's Blog

    • Script Formatting

      Script Formatting

      Worries about screenplay formatting leave some screenwriters in a panic, terrified that one slip-up could see their precious script chucked in the bin. While most good readers are far more interested in the content of your story than your presentati…
      - 5 Jul 16, 3:50am -
    • Screenwriter Interview – Jed Mercurio (Part Two)
      In Part One of our interview with screenwriter Jed Mercurio, we talked about the process of developing his phenomenally successful drama series Line of Duty. Here, Jed discusses with Script Angel’s Hayley McKenzie how he deals with notes, his proc…
      - 9 May 16, 8:17am -
    • Screenwriter Interview – Jed Mercurio (Part One)

      Screenwriter Interview – Jed Mercurio (Part One)

      If you love your television drama you’re probably one of the nearly 5 million people who have recently been watching the third series of BBC2’s smash-hit drama Line of Duty. Script Angel’s Hayley McKenzie was lucky enough to sit down … Contin…
      - 5 May 16, 6:23am -
    • 8 Tips To Writing Great Action Lines

      8 Tips To Writing Great Action Lines

      A screenplay needs to be a compelling read before it can become a great film or tv show. Well written action lines are vital to the success of your screenplay; it’s where the action takes place and it’s your chance to tell the … Continue rea…
      - 18 Apr 16, 7:58am -
    • Book Review: The Art of Script Editing by Karol Griffiths

      Book Review: The Art of Script Editing by Karol Griffiths

      This insight into the art of script editing is a must-read not just for aspiring script readers and script editors, but also for emerging screenwriters as they master the skills of rewriting and working with notes. In her hugely informative … Conti…
      - 18 Mar 16, 11:32am -
    • Time To Write

      Time To Write

      We all lead busy lives and feel the pressure to cram every waking moment with useful activity. But sometimes, to really think deeply about our writing, what we most need is time without distractions. We’ve all become adept at multi-tasking, … Con…
      - 18 Feb 16, 4:48am -
    • Developing Your Ideas

      Developing Your Ideas

      We know that if our script is a confusing mess of half-formed ideas it’s not going to impress anyone. The most compelling scripts are focused. They have their theme, characters and story all working together, and deliver sufficient intrigue an…
      - 15 Jan 16, 12:47pm -
    • Capturing Your Ideas

      Capturing Your Ideas

      Most writers I work with worry about their story ideas – are they any good, have they got enough of them, how do they spot the ideas that have the most potential, are they choosing the right ones to develop? I … Continue reading →
      - 15 Dec 15, 9:13am -
    • Character Development – Psychology for Screenwriters

      Character Development – Psychology for Screenwriters

      Over recent months screenwriter and business psychologist Phil Lowe (@grumpyrabbit) has been blogging about how different psychology and personality theories can be used by screenwriters to develop characters. Here is a quick run-down of what’s on…
      - 29 Jul 15, 1:03pm -
    • Why hire a script consultant? by Brad Johnson

      Why hire a script consultant? by Brad Johnson

      Why should I get professional feedback on my script? It’s a question I get asked all the time, and the answer can be frustrating if you’re looking for a black and white response. You see, there is no “right answer” … Continue reading →
      - 20 Jul 15, 1:05pm -

    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

    • new5 Plot Point Breakdown: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) — Cliff’s Story
      Screenplay Genre: Drama/Comedy Movie Time: 161 minutes Beware spoilers! Note: There are arguably two main story threads within this film....The post 5 Plot Point Breakdown: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) — Cliff’s Story appeared first on T…
      - 18 hours ago, 6 Apr 20, 3:03pm -
    • The Problem With Capital Letter Themes
      Theme is tricky.  Just when we think we’ve caught it and wrangled it into submission in our scripts, it wriggles...The post The Problem With Capital Letter Themes appeared first on The Script Lab.
      - 5 days ago, 2 Apr 20, 1:00pm -
    • How to Understand Your Character’s Conscious and Unconscious Motivations
      What are the differences between conscious and unconscious character motivations? Welcome to our ongoing Learning from the Masters and Industry Insiders series...The post How to Understand Your Character’s Conscious and Unconscious Motivations a…
      - 7 days ago, 31 Mar 20, 2:57pm -
    • The Great Screenwriters: Part 24 – Harold Pinter
      Such was the primacy of cinema as a storytelling medium in the 20th century that many of the greatest writers...The post The Great Screenwriters: Part 24 – Harold Pinter appeared first on The Script Lab.
      - 7 days ago, 31 Mar 20, 1:00pm -
    • How Christopher Nolan Develops Movie Concepts
      How does a writer/director like Christopher Nolan choose his movie concepts? Welcome to our ongoing Learning from the Masters and Industry...The post How Christopher Nolan Develops Movie Concepts appeared first on The Script Lab.
      - 12 days ago, 26 Mar 20, 1:00pm -
    • The Hero’s Journey Breakdown: Big Trouble in Little China
      How does Big Trouble in Little China follow Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey breakdown? Welcome to another installment of our series A...The post The Hero’s Journey Breakdown: Big Trouble in Little China appeared first on The Script Lab.
      - 14 days ago, 24 Mar 20, 1:00pm -
    • Ultimate Screenwriting Guide: Write-At-Home Survival Kit
      In this blog post we present a comprehensive collection of inspiration, information, guidance and tools that you can use to...The post Ultimate Screenwriting Guide: Write-At-Home Survival Kit appeared first on The Script Lab.
      - 15 days ago, 23 Mar 20, 2:25pm -
    • Slamdance Readers’ Top Advice for Emerging Screenwriters
      With over 4000 submissions each year across its Feature, Short, TV Pilot and Horror/Thriller categories, readers for the Slamdance Screenplay...The post Slamdance Readers’ Top Advice for Emerging Screenwriters appeared first on The Script Lab.
      - 17 days ago, 21 Mar 20, 6:09pm -
    • The Story Behind The Screenplay: All About Eve
      In a new series, Martin Keady, our resident cinema historian, examines the origins behind some of cinema’s greatest screenplays. This...The post The Story Behind The Screenplay: All About Eve appeared first on The Script Lab.
      - 19 days ago, 19 Mar 20, 1:00pm -
    • The Great Television Writers: Roddy Doyle
      Roddy Doyle is one of the master-writers of modern times, one of those supreme (and supremely rare) talents who seem...The post The Great Television Writers: Roddy Doyle appeared first on The Script Lab.
      - 21 days ago, 17 Mar 20, 1:00pm -

    Script Magazine

    SimplyScripts

    • newRelive by Luke Anthony Walker – Short Script Review – available for production*
      RELIVE (7 page short horror script) by Luke Anthony Walker While rushing to the hospital, Ben and his pregnant wife, Anna, accidentally injure a mysterious woman with their car. When they try to help her, the night takes a very bizarre turn for the w…
      - 3 hours ago, 7 Apr 20, 6:17am -
    • Two Psychos by P. Cook has been filmed
      Two Psychos (15 pages in pdf format) by P.H. Cook A newbie serial killer learns a lot from his new found master Two Psychos from Indie Me on Vimeo. Discuss this script on the Discussion Board
      - 1 day ago, 6 Apr 20, 6:01am -
    • … Later that day. Original Script Sunday for April 5th!
      Over on the Original Scripts page there are eight (!) original scripts for your reading pleasure. I guess everyone is working on their scripts for the March 2020 Challenge which are due April 20th. – Don
      - 2 days ago, 5 Apr 20, 11:57am -
    • Sons & Broken Noses by Damien Aulsberry filmed

      Sons & Broken Noses by Damien Aulsberry filmed

      We meet JAKE KELLY and SEAN BARRY, two bumbling wannabe bank robbers peeling down a lonely country road, one of them with a bullet wound sustained at the hand of the other. You guessed it, things have not gone according to plan. In fact they’ve gon…
      - 2 days ago, 5 Apr 20, 11:02am -
    • The Man In The Woods by Luke McCain – Short Script Review – available for production*
      THE MAN IN THE WOODS (8 page short horror script) by Luke McCain Things take a truly terrifying turn when a man burying his wife in the woods crosses paths with a lost stranger. Nothing good ever happens in the middle of the woods, at least not in ho…
      - 4 days ago, 3 Apr 20, 5:45pm -
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