Pro Tips: Organize Your Work Space

The fine folks over at Omnipapers posted a great infographic earlier today about how to organize your work space as a writer. It’s full of helpful tips on everything from lighting, to the benefits of plants, and suggestions for must have gadgets.

With our modern world being the way it is, a lot of you might not want to take the time to peruse the entire thing, so here are the 5 biggest takeaways I got from it. Continue reading Pro Tips: Organize Your Work Space

Ten Page Tuesday: ‘Crossroads’ by Curtis Cameron

Welcome to Ten Page Tuesday; a weekly feature here at aimed at shining a light on up-and-coming screenwriters by highlighting the first ten pages of their script (along with a title and logline).

Like what you read? We also list the writer’s name and contact information for every Ten Page Tuesday screenplay so you can contact them with any read requests.

So, enough talking; here is this week’s script: Continue reading Ten Page Tuesday: ‘Crossroads’ by Curtis Cameron

Deus Ex Machina and ‘Lord of the Rings’

The latest Specs and the City – my ongoing column for Script Magazine – is live!

This time I’m taking a look at Deus Ex Machina, how it functions within your script, and what lessons you can take from the Lord of the Rings films and apply to your own writing.

Here’s a small piece of my column on Deus Ex Machina:
As screenwriters, we tend to be more than a bit sadistic when it comes to our characters. While the journey they embark on is at the heart of the story, it’s the obstacles we put in their way that make that story captivating to an audience. No one wants to spend two hours watching someone embark on a journey, have everything go according to plan, and then complete their goal with ease. No, as Nabokov famously said, “The writer’s job is to get the main character up a tree, and then once they are up there, throw rocks at them.” 

Clink the link if you’d like to read more about Deus Ex Machina!