A seemingly innocuous Stephen King quote provokes online controversy.

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Ever since I joined Twitter over a decade ago, I schedule two writing quote tweets per night: one on writing, one on screenwriting. They are culled from the hundreds of quotes I have aggregated over the years which you can see here and here.

The other night, I tweeted this:

That sparked quite a few responses such as:

The reactions provoked me to do some research. I discovered:


A seemingly innocuous Steven King quote provokes online controversy.

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Ever since I joined Twitter over a decade ago, I schedule two writing quote tweets per night: one on writing, one on screenwriting. They are culled from the hundreds of quotes I have aggregated over the years which you can see here and here.

The other night, I tweeted this:

That sparked quite a few responses such as:

The reactions provoked me to do some research. I discovered:


A series to help prepare writers for next month’s Zero Draft Thirty writing challenge.

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Do you have a story you want to write? A feature length movie screenplay? An original TV pilot? A web series pilot? A novel? Short story? An epic length limerick?

The 2021 Zero Draft Thirty March Challenge is for you!

March 1: You type FADE IN / “Once upon a time…”
March 31: You type FADE OUT / “…They all lived happily ever after.”

It’s free! It’s fun! It’s Fade In to Fade Out!

For everything you need to know to join, click here.


My interview with the 2020 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting winner.

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Actors Lou Diamond Phillips, Stephanie Beatriz, Michael Peña, and Taylor Russell who participated in the table reads as part of the 2020 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting ceremony along with host and Aldis Hodge.

James Acker wrote the original screenplay “SADBOI” which won a 2020 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting. Recently, I had the opportunity to chat with James about his creative background, his award-winning script, the craft of screenwriting, and what winning the Nicholl Award has meant to him.

Today in Part 5 of a 6 part series to run each day through Saturday, James answers some questions related to the craft of screenwriting.

Scott: To your credit, you do it well. Monologues are actor‑bait. I remember Ron Shelton talking about Bull Durham, and…


Written by Jessica Bendinger.

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The movie version of the opening:

You can read my extended interview with Bring It On screenwriter Jessica Bendinger here.

Page One is a daily Go Into The Story series featuring the first page of notable movie scripts from the classic era to contemporary times. Comparing them is an excellent way to study a variety of writing styles and see how professional writers start a story.

For more Page One posts, go here.

You may follow the daily conversation on Twitter as I cross-post there: @GoIntoTheStory.


A series to help prepare writers for next month’s Zero Draft Thirty writing challenge.

Image for post
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Do you have a story you want to write? A feature length movie screenplay? An original TV pilot? A web series pilot? A novel? Short story? An epic length limerick?

The 2021 Zero Draft Thirty March Challenge is for you!

March 1: You type FADE IN / “Once upon a time…”
March 31: You type FADE OUT / “…They all lived happily ever after.”

It’s free! It’s fun! It’s Fade In to Fade Out!

For everything you need to know to join, click here.


My interview with the 2020 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting winner.

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The 2020 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting winners

James Acker wrote the original screenplay “SADBOI” which won a 2020 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting. Recently, I had the opportunity to chat with James about his creative background, his award-winning script, the craft of screenwriting, and what winning the Nicholl Award has meant to him.

Today in Part 4 of a 6 part series to run each day through Saturday, James talks about a poem he wrote to include in a fictional book referenced in the script which speaks to one of the key themes in the story.

Scott: Ronny’s…


The co-star of K-9 was a dog named Jerry Lee.

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Jerry Lee and Michael Dooley in ‘K-9’

A few years later, I landed an assignment in which the key characters were superhero mutant frogs.

Not long after that, another assignment in which the hero was a pig.

That’s right: Dogs. Frogs. Hogs.

This did not happen by chance. As soon as K-9 sold, my name went on a variety of writing lists. Evidently, one was “Animals.”

Believe it or not, I have been offered even other animal projects: whales, kangaroos, monkeys.

That is a microcosm of how Hollywood operates: They pigeonhole you [animal pun intended].

If you…


Screenplay by Carl Foreman, Michael Wilson (originally uncredited), novel by Pierre Boulle

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Here is an interesting piece of history. This is footage of the Academy Awards when Pierre Boulle won an Oscar for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium. That medium was the novel Boulle wrote.

Perhaps why actress Kim Novak accepted the award at the Oscar ceremony is this: Boulle spoke no English, only French, the language his novel was written in. How did he receive credit for adapting his novel into a screenplay? Because the actual screenwriters Carl Foreman and Michael Wilson were subject…


A series to help prepare writers for next month’s Zero Draft Thirty writing challenge.

Image for post
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Do you have a story you want to write? A feature length movie screenplay? An original TV pilot? A web series pilot? A novel? Short story? An epic length limerick?

The 2021 Zero Draft Thirty March Challenge is for you!

March 1: You type FADE IN / “Once upon a time…”
March 31: You type FADE OUT / “…They all lived happily ever after.”

It’s free! It’s fun! It’s Fade In to Fade Out!

For everything you need to know to join, click here.

Scott Myers

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