A series featuring reflections on writing from the famed author’s memoir.

I had not read Stephen King’s memoir On Writing for several years when it occurred to me to do so again. …


What if everything we have learned in our lives has actually diminished our creativity?

What if we are inherently creative as children, then over time lose much of that capability? That possibility is what I discovered when I stumbled across this blog post at Creativity at Work.

In 1968, George…


A notable scene from the 1991 movie The Fisher King, written by Richard LaGravenese.

Plot Summary: A former radio DJ, suicidally despondent because of a terrible mistake he made, finds redemption in helping a deranged homeless man who was an unwitting victim of that mistake.

Scene: Parry (Robin Williams), the…


“Metaphorically bondage can translate into being tied to some event or circumstance in the past, a character bound to it emotionally, even spiritually. They are not free to move on with their psychological development, and certainly not toward Unity, unless and until they confront this bondage and resolve it. …


Written by Reginald Rose

The movie version of the opening:

You can read the screenplay here.

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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.

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One key to the craft: Learning how to manage several projects at once.

Here’s something interesting to do if you subscribe to IMDBpro.com: Check out some of the top screenwriters and see what projects they have in development. Here are some writers I’ve gotten to know:

Scott Beck and Bryan…


This is a fundamental question screenwriters must ask themselves at all stages of a screenplay’s development and writing. Why? Because it’s a question movie studio execs will ask as one of the key determining factors whether to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to buy your script.

For years, movies have been…


“It’s not quite ADD/ADHD. It’s more that a new idea captures your imagination and attention in such a way that you get distracted from the bigger picture and go off in tangents instead of remaining focused on the goal.”

Ever had this happen?

You discover a great story idea. You…


“If you go in with formula, you come out with formula.”

William Goldman has famously written, “Screenplays are structure.” That is true in a tangible sense because at some point, a script becomes a blueprint for the production of a movie. And in a very real way, everything hangs on…


A pair of conversations with the screenwriter of Forrest Gump, A Star is Born, and Dune.

Eric Roth is one of the most prolific screenwriters in Hollywood. His feature film credits include Forrest Gump (1994), The Insider (1999), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), A Star is Born (2018), and Dune (2021).

Here is an hour-long conversation with screenwriter John August hosted by the Writers Guild Foundation.

Here is another hour-long conversation with Roth hosted by Indie Film Hustle.

And for good measure, you may listen to a half-hour conversation with Roth hosted by KCRW’s show The Treatment.

For 100s more interviews with screenwriters, filmmakers, and industry insiders, go here.

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