I’ve highlighted Script Magazine often here at Script Gods. Yeah, I’m a Homer because I write for them, but there’s excellent content over there curated by my editor Jeanne Bowerman. This will be last time to the well for the 2016 articles. Guaranteed there’s something to help you here, Good Reader. Check it out…
Excellent post by Christopher Schiller on the legal aspects of getting paid as a screenwriter. Got your interest? Here’s a sample:
“Fans of Major League Baseball may realize that each team’s ballpark is shaped completely differently than all the others. From the dimensions of the field to the capacity of the crowd on down, there’s a great variety among them. Keep this in mind when seeking a “ballpark” figure for your sale. But just like there’s a set 90 feet between the bases, there are some commonalities you can look to to get a sense of the playing field for pricing your works.
For a starting point, a writer can look to the Writers Guild of America or WGA’s Basic Minimum Agreement (BMA) for minimum levels for nearly every facet of writing agreed to between the Guild and their signatory producers. The copious clauses and stipulations set out in detail all the specifics of the minimum dollar figures, requirements, conditions and schedules for each stage of typical agreements. Even with all their years of negotiations and deal making behind them there are still some areas that aren’t quite hammered down, such as just how much of work can be included in a polish before it becomes a new draft and triggers a different pay amount. But most of the minutia is at least addressed well enough to ease a writer’s mind.”
Loved this article by Rob Tobin on writing the first draft, cultivating the proper mentality, keep realistic goals, “penstorming” and style copying. Sample…
“I first came across penstorming during a financial workshop I attended many years ago. The workshop leader had us take pen in hand, and begin writing. There were no rules or instructions, other than we were not to stop, even for a moment, until she told us to. In essence, then, it was freewriting without even the restriction of remaining focused on a particular topic. At the end of fifteen minutes, there wasn’t a person in that room who wasn’t astounded at the revelations and perceptions staring up at them from the page.
Penstorming might seem too chaotic to produce anything of worth to a writer. In fact, however, the complete freedom which penstorming allows is what makes it such a valuable technique, especially for writers looking for topics on which to write. In freewriting, the restriction of having to stay on topic helps the writer produce something specific to the article he is writing, but restricts him from discovering new topics. Penstorming allows the writer to roam about at will, from the sublime to the ridiculous, from topic to topic.”
Here’s a topic I don’t often cover, writing for video games. Ashley Scott Myers interviews Justin Sloan and Stephan Bugaj here.
“Stephan Bugaj and Justin Sloan talk about how to have a successful career as a video game writer. They also discuss about their new book, Creative Writing Career 2, and some of the lessons they learned from conducting interviews with many successful screenwriters.”
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