Take away the questions

You shouldn’t just answer questions. Get rid of them before they’re asked.

Why aren’t adaptations ok for competitions?

With an adapted screenplay, it’s not altogether obvious what awesomeness came from the screenwriter, and what came from the underlying material.


I might as well confirm the news: I’m writing a big-screen version of Preacher.

Lessons of the summer, so far

Let’s look at what we can learn from the first batch of summer movies.

Does a screenwriter have to be well-read?

If I’ve only read 38 on the list of 1001 “Books You Must Read Before You Die,” does that mean I’ll live a long time?

Mysteries of Pittsburgh

The story behind former assistant Rawson Thurber’s second feature.

Short answer sprint

Nine second answers to nine burning questions. Ready…go!

Is it risky to spec something in the public domain?

Not if it will get you read and your expectations are adjusted.

Based on your own novel

Titles matter.

Should I write a novel or a script?

If you’re looking to put your story out into the world, paper beats film, hands down.

Finding out if a book has been optioned

Easy steps to tracking down rights.

Clive Cussler really, really dislikes Sahara

An author rails against his Hollywood adaptation.

As good as the Good Book?

Shall I compare thee to a Summer’s day or something?

Where to find Natural Born Killers novelization

Two stories of letting down a great script.

Ph.D. on adapted screenplays

Where the adapted screenplay might reside in academia.

Book before the script?

Let your story pick your format.

Third-party storytelling

Why attorneys exist.

Script adaptations

Turning book into movie: from acquiring rights to writing.

The essentials of adaptation

Books and movies should be compared, if only to understand what each does well.

Adapting a videogame into a movie

I adapted a computer game into a movie and I didn’t feel a wee bit cheap.