Anthony Ehlers

Why Credible Characters Are Essential For A Convincing Screenplay

Why Credible Characters Are Essential For A Convincing Screenplay

[This post is partly taken from our brand-new course, The Script.] Creating credible, “real” characters is a challenge to the new scriptwriter. Every genre – whether action or drama – is underpinned by character. Character, along with plot, is a basic, vital ingredient in a screenplay.…
The 4 Best Places To Put Plot Twists In Your Screenplay

The 4 Best Places To Put Plot Twists In Your Screenplay

There’s an old saying that goes, “The most a story can do is surprise.” Of course, it should do more than deliver a few cheap ‘Jack-in-the-box’ moments. It must entertain, move the audience, and deliver a satisfying ending. But, if you are going to plan…
Why You Should Write A Screenplay

Why You Should Write A Screenplay

Do you want to write a screenplay? This post is about the magic of screenwriting and why this may be the perfect place for writers to start. Lights! Camera! Action! [This post is an excerpt taken from our brand-new course, The Script.] Movies will always…
5 Lies Screenwriters Tell Themselves

5 Lies New Screenwriters Tell Themselves

As bright-eyed new screenwriters who have just cracked open a shiny Apple MacBook and installed the latest version of Final Draft, you can’t wait to make your mark as a screenwriter. Reality Before Creativity You sit in your favourite coffee shop with a double almond…
7 Deadly Rules For Creating A Villain

7 Deadly Rules For Creating A Villain

Every story has a villain. There wouldn't be much conflict for your protagonist to overcome if there was no antagonist to stir the pot. Yours might be the evil villain who opposes everything your hero does. They might be the treacherous double-agent from the past, or…
The Top 42 Writing Posts Of 2018

The Top 42 Writing Posts Of 2018

At the beginning of the year we have a tradition of posting our Top 42 Writing Posts from the previous year. (There was no special reason for the number 42 in 2013 when we started, but we’ve kept up the tradition since then.) These were the posts you…
5 Simple Ways To Keep The Writing Dream Alive

5 Simple Ways To Keep The Writing Dream Alive

Why Not Reboot Your Writing in 2019?  As we approach the new year, we’re always dangerously tempted to make resolutions. Rather than a die-hard ‘to do’ list for the next twelve months, here are five gentler opportunities to revive our flagging efforts as writers. 5…
6 Superhero Writing Tips From Stan Lee

6 Superhero Writing Tips From Stan Lee

We were all saddened by the passing of Stan Lee, the legendary comic book artist and co-creator of some of pop culture’s most enduring superheroes. 6 Superhero Writing Tips From Stan Lee Here are six inspiring quotes from the legendary creator. ① Write what you…
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