The Importance of Supporting Characters: Creating a Dynamic Cast of Characters that Support the Protagonist

by Ann Marie Williams In Nancy Meyers’ movie The Holiday, Eli Wallach’s character, Arthur Abbott, tells Kate Winslet’s character: “Iris, in the movies we have leading ladies and we have the best friend. You, I can tell, are a leading lady, but for some reason you are behaving like the best friend.” If this line weren’t … Continue reading The Importance of Supporting Characters: Creating a Dynamic Cast of Characters that Support the Protagonist

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)

Dealing with Critiques and Rewrites: Try to Find Something Actionable in Every Critique You Receive

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 important to realize that you don’t have to take every suggestion from every critique you receive. However, if you find that you’re disregarding all your critiques, then it could be because you’re too … Continue reading Dealing with Critiques and Rewrites: Try to Find Something Actionable in Every Critique You Receive

Dealing with Critiques and Rewrites: Be Honest with Yourself

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 A fundamental skill you need as a writer is the ability to be honest with yourself. No critique, including your own, will ever be as effective as it could … Continue reading Dealing with Critiques and Rewrites: Be Honest with Yourself

The Cold Read: What do screenplay competition judges know about your script prior to reading it?

by Ann Marie Williams When you enter a screenplay competition, typically you'll be required to submit a logline (or short summary) of the script you're entering. However, while that logline is often used for administrative and/or promotional purposes, often your script's logline is never seen by the competition judges. Is this important for you, the … Continue reading The Cold Read: What do screenplay competition judges know about your script prior to reading it?

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

In the writing world, you often hear terms like theme, concept, plot, structure, and formatting.  Each is important, and each affects the other. But there is little consistency in how they are defined.  Even David Trottier (author of The Screenwriter’s Bible) states that plot, structure, and story are often used interchangeably. In screenwriting contests, these … Continue reading Writing Tips: The Differences Between Concept, Plot, Structure, Formatting, and Theme (and how they all interrelate)

Ways to Analyze Critiques of Your Writing: Identify the True Source of the Problem

Reprinted (with slight modifications to fit the blog format) from Screenplay Competitions: Tools and Insights to Help You Choose the Best Screenwriting Contests for You and Your Script. Have you experienced this situation when reading a critique of your writing: The critic points to a moment in your story that he/she found unnecessary and suggests … Continue reading Ways to Analyze Critiques of Your Writing: Identify the True Source of the Problem