Austin Live Show 2017 (AKA Too Many Scotts)

John and Craig talk with uber-screenwriter Scott Frank (Out of Sight, Get Shorty, Minority Report, Logan) about how his feature script Godless ended up as a miniseries at Netflix. We then invite more guests up to discuss what movies can learn from the success of TV: Guinevere Turner (American Psycho, Go Fish) Scott Alexander (Ed […]

Writer Emergency Pack now on Amazon UK

For buyers in United Kingdom (and other countries in Europe), Writer Emergency Pack is now sold on

What went right and what could have gone better with Writer Emergency Pack

In 12 months we went from an idea to shipping thousands of decks to writers and schools around the world. But writing is a process of discovery, and sometimes that causes you to question your central thesis.

Fight the Giant, or Moving Up the Showdown

In most stories built around a heroic quest, the big confrontation comes at the end. But moving it earlier can pay off.

The Scriptnotes 200-episode USB drive

For a limited time, we’re selling a USB flash drive loaded with the first 200 episodes of Scriptnotes — including all the bonus shows, the Dirty Episode, and special interviews. They’re $20 and available in the Store.

Stack of Needles, and giving your characters too much of a good thing

Heroes are often searching of the proverbial needle in the haystack. Like many of the cards in Writer Emergency Pack, “Stack of Needles” invites you to consider doing exactly the opposite.

You can’t train a cobra to do that

Craig and John discuss backup plans, camera directions, and becoming so good they can’t ignore you. Plus we answer two listener questions about specificity in scene headers and how to indicate that a script is intended for animation.

Writer Emergency Pack, now in stores

Writer Emergency Pack, the deck of writer tools we Kickstarted late last year, is now available for sale in the Store and on Amazon. It’s $19, and makes a perfect gift for writers. (Or for yourself.)

Shipping 8,000 Kickstarter rewards in one minute

Last week, we shipped out 8,000 Writer Emergency Packs to our Kickstarter backers. The bulk of the packing happened in three days, so I set up a time-lapse camera to document the process.

Lotteries, lightning strikes and twist endings

John and Craig look at the nature of fluke hits, everything from #alexfromtarget to huge spec sales. Is luck just luck, or is it about how often you play the game? Where does talent fit in?