by Ann Marie Williams, © 2020 Not every screenplay competition requires judges to read every entered script in its entirety. While it's likely that a judge will be required to read a script in its entirety in order to advance the script, some competitions allow judges to eliminate scripts after a pre-determined minimum number of pages read (e.g. the first thirty pages). … Continue reading How Much of a Script Do Screenplay Competition Judges Read?
by Ann Marie Williams © 2020 Whether you are a new screenwriter hoping to discover how your script ranks or a seasoned screenwriter hoping to find representation, when trying to determine which screenwriting competitions are worthy of your script, your entry fee, and your time, it's important to identify what you want to gain from … Continue reading How to Select Which Screenwriting Competitions to Enter: Identify Your Goals
by Ann Marie Williams Proper screenplay formatting requires that a certain amount of white space (a mix of description and dialogue) should appear on nearly every page of a script. Not only does this standard help measure the number of minutes the story will be once filmed, but it is also an accurate way to … Continue reading QUICK TIP: WHY SCREENPLAY DESCRIPTIONS NEED TO BE SHORT
by Ann Marie Williams © 2020 Each day this week I'm discussing one of the following writing terms: concept, plot, structure, format, and theme. I'll give my explanation of the terms, their role in storytelling, and how they interrelate with each other since, even though each term represents a different attribute of story, they do … Continue reading WRITING TIPS: WHAT IS FORMAT?
by Ann Marie Williams © 2020 If you've been reading my last few posts, you already know that each day this week I'm taking a look at one of the following terms: concept, plot, structure, format, and theme. I'll give my explanation of the terms, their role in storytelling, and how they interrelate with each … Continue reading WRITING TIPS: WHAT IS STRUCTURE?
by Ann Marie Williams © 2020 This week I'm discussing the terms concept, plot, structure, format, and theme. Each is a different attribute of story, but each also affects one another (e.g. structure affects plot, plot affects theme). So, since that can complicate how we define and understand each term, I'm going to look at … Continue reading WRITING TIPS: WHAT IS PLOT?
by Ann Marie Williams © 2020 In my previous post, I discussed how the terms concept, plot, structure, format, and theme are often used in the writing world, but there isn't always a universal definition for each term. Moreover, even though each term refers to a unique attribute of storytelling, those attributes affect one another … Continue reading WRITING TIPS: WHAT IS CONCEPT?
by Ann Marie Williams In an earlier post, I discussed the importance of being honest with yourself about your writing. But even if you're able to be objective about your own writing, the one thing you can never do is experience your story for the first time. Sure, there's the first time you read through your … Continue reading Dealing with Critiques and Rewrites: The First Read
by Ann Marie Williams The people at The Script Lab recently asked me to write a guest post for them about some of the top screenwriting competitions and why they are worth a writer's consideration for entry. The post went live last week, and I'm delighted to share that post with you now! To read, … Continue reading 7 Top Screenwriting Competitions (and why they are worth your consideration)