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Can You Write a Great Script?

One of the most common and personal questions I am asked by writers is whether I think they have what it takes to make it as a writer. Do you think I'm good enough? Should I quit writing? Do you think I should even bother? This is probably the most popular question I...

Why Screenwriting is Not Fair

I often hear writers complain about how unfair screenwriting is. I myself have felt this way many times. We're told many different things on how to write a script, completely contradictory advice. One blog says one thing, another podcast says don't do that. We go to a...

How long does it really take to write a screenplay?

Writing a script is so hard. Our most important concern is when the difficulty will end! Who likes to suffer? No one does. Yet if you're stuck with the virus in your soul that continues to imagine stories, congratulations, you belong to an ancient line of tortured...

Skip These Submission Mistakes

Have you ever rushed a script for a contest deadline? You're not alone. Gordy Hoffman sits down with Film Courage to highlight the common mistakes writers commit when they submit their script to a competition before it's really ready. There's no better adrenaline rush...

5 Tips To Consider Before Writing Your TV Pilot

You have a delicious idea for a fresh, binge-worthy television series. With the evolution of streaming services like Netflix, Youtube and Amazon, it seems that episodic storytelling has no bounds. If this is your first rodeo writing for tv, it is important to know...

2019 BlueCat Screenplay Competition – Early Deadline

The Early Deadline for BlueCat’s 2019 Screenplay Competition is here! Submit your script by Sunday, September 30th Midnight PST. Written Analysis Every script submitted by the Early Deadline – September 30th, 2018 – will receive their written analysis by October 15th,...

Film Courage: How Do I Write A Screenplay?

In this inspiring interview with Film Courage, Gordy Hoffman, founder and judge of the BlueCat Screenplay Competition, answers THE question every screenwriter wants the solution to – “How Do I Write A Screenplay?” Gordy’s response is simple and straightforward, “Start...

What Your Script’s Title Page Says About You

The title page of a script. It’s not a sexy screenwriting topic. Heck, I’m not sure it’s even a topic in most screenwriting courses or books about screenwriting. But, believe it or not, your screenplay’s title page says a lot about you, as a screenwriter. The script’s...

3 Times to Be Self-Critical During the Writing Process

In order to survive as a writer without going completely insane, you need to be your own biggest fan. You need to believe, deeply and truly, that you have talent, that you’re only improving over time, and that if you keep working hard, you’ll find success. You’ll...

Screenwriting Rules: There are No Rules

There are tons of books, videos, blogs, and podcasts that will tell you what the screenwriting rules are. We have quite a number on this very website. Here are five popular suggestions that might be more helpful if you ignore them! Hook the Reader in the First 10...

Film Development & Finance: Studio vs. Indie

Studio vs Independent Financing - Knowing What's Best for Your Project Onto the Next Hurdle Your screenplay has been written, re-written, and polished up more times than you can count. You have a hot commodity on your hands that shows great promise as a feature film....

7 Reasons Successful Screenwriters Live in Los Angeles

Successful screenwriters can live anywhere. There's not even a debate over this. I understand people have many opinions on why you should live in Los Angeles, and how it can help you reach your professional goals as a screenwriter if you do live in Hollywood. After...

Meet 2018 BlueCat Screenplay Competition Winners!

BlueCat is excited to congratulate the winners of the 2018 Screenplay Competition! Chosen from a collective pool of over 4200 scripts, these five scripts represent the hard work of six incredibly talented writers. Read below to learn more about this year’s winners!...

BlueCat Hosts First Short Film Festival

Reaching New Heights On Tuesday, June 19th, BlueCat held its inaugural Short Film Festival at the Landmark Theatre in Los Angeles, California. A total of 10 short films were selected to screen from a competitive pool of 594 submissions. "We've been a screenplay...

Writing Goals: Why You Should Never Quit

Writing goals never include the day you can quit writing. The idea that any one person knows when another writer should quit is completely incorrect and reckless. I believed after I began teaching and I read the work of my students that some students might not be able...

The Successful Character of Professional Screenwriting

The aspiring screenwriter understands how we should behave when we meet people in a business environment. Treating producers, managers, lawyers, cast, and crew with respect and grace goes a long way to advancing your career. But what is the successful character of...

4 Reasons Writers Write Movies and Not Television

There is a significant debate over whether to write for television or write movies instead. We are in a new golden age of television -- peak TV. And we can all agree movies are not in a classic period of cinema.  Many writers have gravitated to writing for television,...

Raising the Stakes: What, Why, When and How

Have you ever received feedback on your script that included the suggestion to "raise the stakes"? It's a common note----raising the stakes. Do you know what it means? At first glance, we would think the reader is telling us to make what's at stake for your characters...

Writer’s Block: The 4 Ways to Keep Rewriting

Writer's block is not a mysterious condition that a wizard creates for writers. It's not a magic spell with no way out. Getting stuck as a writer, be it in the first draft or 10th, can be very difficult to face for writers, but the solutions to your problems are not...

The “Original” Screenplay Idea: Taking Your Idea Further

How often do we hear, “There’s nothing new under the sun” or “Hollywood is just plain out of new ideas”? And yet, how often do we find ourselves, as movie-goers (more specifically, writers that happen to be movie-goers), pleasantly surprised when the movie we’ve just...

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