Psych 101

Nice to meet you. Again. Maybe.

The Kevin Williamson Problem, explained.

Do I need a caveat?

Hollywood folk are savvy enough to realize that the guys who wrote Saw aren’t any sicker than most screenwriters.

Rewriting the rewriter

Sometimes there’s good reasons why original writers leave and return to their projects.

Your first time

Your first script is like the first time you have sex. It’s not the best sex you’re ever going to have. In fact, it would be sad if it were.

Shouldn’t I get credit for the outline?

Explorations of ownership in a corporate environment.

What do you do when the buzz fades?

You made a movie. Get the most you can out of it, then get cracking on doing the next project.

Aquaman is a Pescepublican

Superhero politics should remain abstract.

Making unnecessary and possibly horrible changes

Making your movie. Keeping your soul.

Short questions, short answers

Why did Edward Bloom leave Ashland? Does beginners luck exist? Shocking answers revealed, inside!

Question sprint

Killing backstories, writing out lyrics and why you will always want to be writing something else (amongst other topics), explored.

Advice for terrible writers

Confronted with a bad script, step back and ask the right questions.

They love it and they’re passing

Capitalize on people’s affection for your script to find something that pays money.

Quitting, and the age question

A tough question. Here are some signs that you should quit or stick with it.

September 11th

How to write when it suddenly seems to become a trivial pursuit.

An intern with a script

Every intern has a script. So tread lightly.

Inconvenient brilliance

Obey the muse, whatever the timing, or risk her departure.

Lost Rooms and American Zombies

When other people have the same ideas and act on them, it helps me clear my slate.

When should I panic?

How to deal with the waiting cycle. The good/bad news: no screenwriter, at any level, is immune.

Workshops: An invitiation to idea theft?

Get over it. No one wants to steal your crappy idea.

Depression on film

You rarely see clinical depression in movies and TV, despite being much more common in real life than, say, retrograde amnesia.


Eventually, you learn that you can’t depend on strangers for validation.

What if the movie I wrote turns out god-awful?

This is one of the worst things about being a screenwriter: you ultimately have very little control over the movie that gets made. Here’s how to deal.

I am Hillary Clinton’s clavicle

A political quiz helps understand characters whose beliefs are different from my own.

On friends, colleagues and jealousy

The process of adding and dropping friends and colleagues isn’t unique to this business. It sucks for them. It sucks for you. Accept that and move on.

Read lots of bad scripts

It’s just as important to read bad writing as good.