A new series featuring reflections on writing from the famed writer.

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I had not read Stephen King’s memoir On Writing for several years when it occurred to me to do so again. While at it, why not share reflections from the renowned writer in a weekly Sunday series at Go Into The Story?

King is a prolific author. Fair to say that is an understatement. One need only glance at a roster of his written works to determine that. If any contemporary writer has earned the right to reflect on the craft, it would be King. However, that is not…


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.

To help…


My interview with the 2020 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting winner.

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.

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James Acker

Here are links to the entire 6-part which has run this week.

Part 1: “I write a lot of monologues. I write a lot of rants. I write a lot of unloading. A lot of call‑outs, a lot of verbal fights.”

Part 2: “I’d always…


It’s that time of year again when studios and production companies make available PDFs of movie scripts for award season.

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As in years past, I will be tracking the year’s movie scripts as links become available.

Current total of 2020 scripts for download: 43. Newly added scripts (3): Cherry, The Half of It, Land.

Antebellum (Lionsgate)

Borat: Subsequent Movie Film (Amazon Studios)

Cherry (Apple TV+)

The Climb (Sony Classics)

Da 5 Bloods (via Deadline Hollywood)

Emma (Focus Features)

The Father (Sony Classics)

First Cow (A24)

French Exit (Sony Classics)

The Half of It (Netflix)

Herself (Amazon Studios)

I Carry You…


Screenplay by Billy Ray, book by Richard Phillips and Richard Phillips

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An interview with the screenwriter of Captain Phillips:

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.

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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 2020 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.

To help…


My interview with the 2020 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting winner.

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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 6 of a 6 part series, James offers some advice for aspiring screenwriters.

Scott: Well, you nailed it. It’s a terrific script. I can see why the Nicholl judges all responded the way they did to it. Congratulations again on winning. …


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Netflix acquires science fiction spec script “Parallel” written by Ben Ripley. Via THR:

It involves a man and woman who traffic in high-end crimes in parallel universes suddenly meeting, a development that threatens their boss. Determined to outrun their fates, they fight across these different realities to find one where they can both survive and be together.

This marks a return to a genre Ripley explored in the movie Source Code.

Ripley is repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment.

By my count, this is the 6th spec script deal in 2021.

There were zero spec script deals year-to-date in 2020.


Written by Chris Sparling

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The movie version of the scene:

I’m claustrophobic so this was a really hard movie for me to watch. But damn, is it effective. The movie begins with Paul using his lighter to see which is a nifty switch, flicking light out of a pitch black beginning.

You may read my interview with screenwriter Chris Sparling here. We do a deep dive into writing the script Buried.

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 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:

Scott Myers

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