The Importance of Screenplay Formatting and Why It Helps Convey Your Story

by Ann Marie Williams A script is a written representation of a visual and auditory medium.  Because of this, the story on the page should be conveyed to the reader the same way the story on the screen will be conveyed to the audience—the same focus, the same pacing, the same impact.  Screenwriting formatting tools are an effective way … Continue reading The Importance of Screenplay Formatting and Why It Helps Convey Your Story

Screenwriting Competition Terminology: The Difference Between Readers and Judges

Except from Screenplay Competitions: Tools and Insights to Help You Choose the Best Screenwriting Contests for You and Your Script by Ann Marie Williams © 2019 It’s common for screenwriting competitions to use the term judge and/or the term reader to refer to an individual who reads, evaluates, and ranks scripts in their competitions.  Why the two terms? It’s … Continue reading Screenwriting Competition Terminology: The Difference Between Readers and Judges

Writing Tips: The Differences Between Concept, Plot, Structure, Formatting, and Theme (and how they all interrelate)

by Ann Marie Williams This was originally posted back in April 2019, but NaNoWriMo seemed like the perfect time for a revisit (since the post pertains as much to novel writers as it does to screenwriters). I hope you enjoy and find it beneficial! In the writing world, you often hear terms like theme, concept, … Continue reading Writing Tips: The Differences Between Concept, Plot, Structure, Formatting, and Theme (and how they all interrelate)

Quick Tip: Are Screenwriting Competition Critiques Written By Your Script’s Competition Judge?

by Ann Marie Williams The critique you purchase in conjunction with your screenwriting competition entry will not necessarily be written by your script's judge/s in the competition. Instead, you may be purchasing one of the critique services offered by the organization that runs the competition (usually there's a discount on the critique as incentive to … Continue reading Quick Tip: Are Screenwriting Competition Critiques Written By Your Script’s Competition Judge?

Screenplay Competitions Questionnaire: Which screenwriting competitions helped advance your writing career?

by Ann Marie Williams, author of Screenplay Competitions: Tools and Insights to Help You Choose the Best Screenwriting Contests for You and Your Script I've created this (totally unofficial) survey so that writers can share which screenwriting competitions helped move their careers forward (anything from having received a great written critique that helped you improve … Continue reading Screenplay Competitions Questionnaire: Which screenwriting competitions helped advance your writing career?

Screenplay Competitions Survey: What types of scripts advance in which competitions?

by Ann Marie Williams, author of Screenplay Competitions: Tools and Insights to Help You Choose the Best Screenwriting Contests for You and Your Script To help discover which types of scripts (genre, tone, intended audience, MPAA rating, etc.) advance in which screenplay competitions, I've created a (totally unofficial) survey and I'd love your participation. If … Continue reading Screenplay Competitions Survey: What types of scripts advance in which competitions?

Ten Things To Do Prior to Entering a Screenplay Competition

by Ann Marie Williams author of Screenplay Competitions: Tools and Insights to Help You Choose the Best Screenwriting Contests for You and Your Script Entering screenwriting competitions takes time and money. And — if you enter the right script in the right competitions — the competition process can provide you with information that can help improve … Continue reading Ten Things To Do Prior to Entering a Screenplay Competition