The Scriptnotes Listener’s Guide

We’re crowdsourcing an index to Scriptnotes, with listeners singling out the can’t-miss episodes.


John and Craig pick up loose ends, with follow-up on previous episodes about “friends,” conflict, improv, Kindles, and defibrillation. moves out of beta features more than 100 short articles answering basic questions about screenwriting. After two years, we’re shedding the “beta” label.

Let’s talk about Nikki Finke

John and Craig discuss the polarizing potentate of Deadline Hollywood Daily, then segue into what a healthy entertainment journalism ecosystem might look like.

From Captain Trips to Bowden’s Malady

In the spirit of the season, let us say thanks to Wikipedia for this comprehensive list of fictional diseases.

New questions, new answers

The number of answers at has grown a lot in the two weeks since we launched, with new ones posted every day.

Script Frenzy 2009

Script Frenzy is an international writing event in which participants take on the challenge of writing 100 pages of scripted material in the month of April.

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?

Picking names popular in their time

“Paul from LA” wrote in with this link to a site I kind of remember using when we were picking a name for my daughter. It lets you type in any first name and graphs how popular it has been (in the U.S.) over the past 130 years. What’s less obvious is that if you […]

Were I to seek examples of the subjunctive…

When the subjunctive shows up, there’s almost always drama.

Script frenzy

Script Frenzy is starting April 1st. I don’t know enough about it to endorse it, but some readers might find the faux-competitive nature of it motivational. Script Frenzy is an international writing event in which participants attempt the daring feat of writing 100 pages of scripted material in the month of April. As part of […]

Test screening questionnaires

DIY audience screenings help your product and save you money. Here’s what to ask.

The Nines, scripted

I promised that as soon as The Nines had reached its widest U.S. opening, I’d be putting the script up in the Downloads section. That time has come. You can find a .pdf of the screenplay here.

Calling on the hive mind: Writing the future

A call to contribute to a lecture on authorship in the digital age.

2007 Insomnia Film Festival

Advice for hasty filmmakers.

Filmmaking, permitted

Update on New York City’s struggle with what to charge productions.

Economics of Screenwriting

Who gets paid what, when and how. Broken down.

Interview up at cecil vortex

Link to an interview on creativity.

I talk with my hands

Video links explaining how film and television writers should approach promoting themselves and their work through the media.

Comments for Jane Espenson

A correction for Jane’s awesome website.

That’s a pretty expensive pad of paper

You really don’t need fancy paper for hand-writing drafts.

The Hollywood Standard

All you need to know about formatting a screenplay, right here (for sale anyway). Second opinions included.

The great big list of fictional diseases

The Motaba virus sounds bad, but the cure — heavy doses of Dustin Hoffman — is arguably worse.

Confessions of a genius script reader

LC (whose email handle ThrobbingSocks is much more provocative) tipped me off to this Film Threat article by Allan Heifetz which explains some of the more significant pet peeves of professional (and unprofessional) script readers. Newbies also love to break the fourth wall. These fools must think they have super strength. “Hulk smash fourth wall! […]

La escritura profesional y el auge de los amateurs

My first experience with being translated.