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Don’t compare yourself

There is an old saying that an artist should never compare him/herself to another artist. The same goes for writers then, of course. I recently stumbled over a post on Facebook where a first-time author announced that she was in the process of writing a film industry related book. At this time, there are only two books of the same […]

Make it personal

One of the best advice I have received so far is to “make it personal”, which can be inevitably beneficial when you do not know where to go with your story. And by making things personal, I am not saying to take things personally and easily get offended. Here is what I mean as a writer with a little backstory […]

Why ‘too much black’ matters on the page

You may have heard the term before or read it in the many screenwriting books out there on the market “Too much black”. Too much black means nothing more than too many words on the page – an overflow of mostly useless information, over-describing the setting or over-directing the actors and cameras, which is not part of the writer’s job […]

Writing for budget

When I had started screenwriting, I used to have this romantic idea that all I needed to do was to bring down pen to paper or hit a few keys and let my imagination flow. Now, wouldn’t that be wonderful? Of course, as I later found out during my career as a script supervisor, none of these scripts that I […]