How to Write a Screenplay and Beyond: FREE Screenwriting Tips, Advice, & Downloads

If you’re looking for free screenwriting tips and advice to help kick-start your writing career, then you’ll love our vast selection of free downloads. From learning how to write a script the right way to how to beat writer’s block, you’ll find something that will help you increase your chances of success!

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SCREENPLAY AND TELEVISION WRITING

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HOW TO WRITE A SCREENPLAY

Tired of that blank page staring back at you? This exclusive How to Write a Screenplay webinar will release your creativity by teaching you the tricks of outlining. Writer’s block will be gone forever! Every story has a structure, and movie/film scripts are just the same. Script Mag’s free webinar culminates many of the renown screenwriting resources at The Writers Store to show you (the future screenwriting star!) how to build a compelling road map for your story in order to give Hollywood executives what they crave – a movie script they can sell. Read More . . .

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How to Write a TV PIlot

HOW TO WRITE A TV PILOT

Our FREE TV Pilot Kit download is filled with tips on how to write a TV pilot that will not only help you get started on writing a script for TV, but they’ll also help you create ideas for a TV pilot you’ll be able to submit to contests to get noticed. Read More . . .

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Creating high concept story ideas

CREATING HIGH-CONCEPT STORY IDEAS

Learn why it’s important you try to write a high-concept screenplay and get definitive steps to take your decent story idea and turn it into one Hollywood executives would want to greenlight. Don't start your next script before reading this! Read More . . .

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how to write a treatment

HOW TO WRITE A TREATMENT

Screenplay treatments can be a struggle for screenwriters, but starting with a simple outline and building out the rest is a huge step in completing your final draft! That’s where we at Script Mag come in on how to write a treatment with tips, techniques & a free download with detailed advice! Read More . . .

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screenplay formatting

SCREENPLAY FORMATTING 101

When you’re ready to put your high-concept story idea to paper, be sure you brush up on your formatting essentials with this free guide from expert Dave Trottier. Proper screenplay formatting might be more important than you think and here’s why.
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STORY MEDIUMS

Adapt Your Script into a Novel

ADAPT YOUR SCRIPT INTO A NOVEL

If you haven’t considered adapting your screenplay to a novel, you might be missing out on another opportunity. Create another piece of valuable intellectual property for yourself with these novel writing tips. Read More . . .

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how to turn a book into a movie

HOW TO TURN A BOOK INTO A MOVIE

Learning how to turn a book into a movie is an essential skill all screenwriters must have. It’s called the “film business” for a reason. Studios need to sell tickets. Spec scripts aren’t always as marketable as adapting a book into a movie. Read More . . .

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playwriting

PLAYWRITING - IS YOUR STORY A PLAY OR A SCREENPLAY

The art of dramatic writing requires a decision of which medium is the best choice to tell your story. It’s important to understand how to choose between writing a play script or writing a screenplay. Read More . . .

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How to Create a Web Series

HOW TO CREATE A WEB SERIES

There’s no better way to reach the largest audience possible than by using the Internet. Read More . . .

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WRITING CRAFT

Editing and Rewriting Tips to sell your screenplay

EDITING & REWRITING TIPS TO HELP SELL YOUR SCREENPLAY

If you want to succeed in Hollywood, you will have to learn how to edit and embrace the dreaded rewrite as a necessary part of the development of your script. This FREE download will help! Read More . . .

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Plot Development and Outlining

PLOT DEVELOPMENT AND OUTLINING

Plotting a story is easier with a plot development chart that outlines both character development and action description. A character bio will give you the basics, but to help you plotting and writing suspense fiction, you need to know the character wounds that lay deep inside their psyche. Write a plot that keeps your readers on the edge of their seat. How to write a plot that entices readers has never been easier with our free download full of tips. Read More . . .

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story structure like a pro

STORY STRUCTURE LIKE A PRO

Learn the importance of working out the plot ahead of time in our free story structure download. Read More . . .

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How to Name a Character

HOW TO NAME A CHARACTER

You spend so much time creating a compelling character, why not make sure their name is worthy? In this free guide you’ll find examples from five movies of cool character names, plus an exclusive free download to help you learn how to name your characters like the pros. Read More . . .

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How to Create a Complex Antagonist

ESSENTIALS OF HAVING A COMPLEX ANTAGONIST 

Is your antagonist worthy? Before you finish developing your antagonist be sure you read this free guide + download to find all the essentials for building a complex villain. Read More . . .

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How to Create a strong protagonist

ESSENTIALS OF HAVING A STRONG PROTAGONIST 

Build a strong protagonist with this free guide, featuring tips for having a strong protagonist, examples, and free download with four crucial questions for your protagonist. A must read for anyone wanting their main character to attract A-list actors.
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creating character development webinar

FREE WEBINAR ON CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT 

Increase your odds of getting produced, and attract top talent with free expert tips for creating characters that actors want to play. Read More . . .

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how to write dialogue like a pro

MAKING YOUR DIALOGUE WRITING POP 

Writing Dialogue that pops can turn a simple story into a hit. Take Juno for example. The premise itself is fairly simple yet add Diablo Cody’s snarky, funny dialogue to it… and BAM! Oscar win! Read More . . .

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choosing writing genre

TIPS FOR CHOOSING WRITING GENRE 

There’s a reason why selecting a genre for your screenplay is so important. We want you to start out on the right heading, so we’ve put together our top five things to consider when starting a new screenplay, plus a free guide on film genres to help you determine the right fit for your story.
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How to Write a Synopsis

HOW TO WRITE A SYNOPSIS 

Challenge yourself with synopsis writing, even if the agent or producer hasn’t requested it. Read More . . .

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WRITING CAREER

Do I Need a Script Doctor, Script Consultant, or Story Analyst_

DO I NEED A SCRIPT DOCTOR, SCRIPT CONSULTANT, OR STORY ANALYST? 

People often interchange the terms “script doctor,” “script consultant” and “story analyst.” But what are the differences between them, which one should you work with, and how do you find and afford their services? Read More . . .

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How to Find a Literay Agent

HOW TO FIND A LITERARY AGENT 

What’s the difference between a literary agent and a manager? It’s important to learn what they do, what the costs are and what combination of representatives you need to succeed. This FREE download on how to find a literary agent and the difference between literary agents and managers will help you navigate the world of agents and managers! Read More . . .

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How to win a screenwriting contest

IMPROVE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING A SCREENPLAY CONTEST 

Improve your odds of winning a screenplay contest with tips in this free download. Read More . . .

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screenwriting contest calendar

SCREENWRITING CONTESTS CALENDAR DATES AND PRIZES 

Screenwriting contests winners can have an advantage when pursuing a screenwriting career. Even acing high in one can help. But which screenwriting contest fits your specific needs? This free download on screenwriting contests calendar dates and prizes will help you create a strategy for entering writing contests. Read More . . .

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networking tips

NETWORKING TIPS - BUILDING A WRITING NETWORK OFFLINE AND ONLINE 

There are two fundamental ways to grow your network in screenwriting: Online and offline. In today’s age of technology, as long as you have an online presence, executives can find you, and you can find them! Read More . . .

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PITCHING TIPS

Querying Executives

QUERYING SCREENWRITING EXECUTIVES 101 

To improve your chances to sell your script to Hollywood executives, you’ll need to know how to write an engaging and captivating query. In this FREE download we share 11 pages of tips for writing query letters and loglines that will grab an executive’s attention! Read More . . .

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pitchfest pitching event tips

HOW TO SELL A SCREENPLAY + SCREENWRITING PITCHFEST SUCCESS TIPS 

Get advice on how to sell your script and navigate a writing conference with your free screenwriting conference essentials webinar. Read More . . .

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How to Pitch a Script

HOW TO PITCH A SCRIPT 

Learn the importance of attending pitchfests and the tools for pitching your script. Read More . . .

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WRITING ROUTINE AND OUTLOOK

control your writing fears

USE YOUR FEARS TO PROPEL YOUR WRITING AND YOUR SCREENWRITING CAREER 

Every screenplay writer has an insecure side to them. It’s human nature, especially for artists. Overcome those fears today! Read More . . .

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S.M.A.R.T. Writing Goals

SETTING WRITING GOALS THE S.M.A.R.T. WAY 

Do you often set goals for your writing, or do you magically meet the deadline without a plan? Most often, if writing goals are not clear, they are not accomplished. Become a better writer by setting S.M.A.R.T. writing goals to meet the deadline and be more efficient in your writing. Read More . . .

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beat writer's block

BEAT WRITER'S BLOCK 

Don’t let writer’s block stop you in your tracks. Start with five common causes then download your free eBook for 16 tips to overcome even the worst writer’s block. Read More . . .

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FILMMAKING

short film ideas

7 CRITICAL TIPS FOR SHORT FILM IDEAS 

Mastering how to make short films takes time, but with this collection of tips and resources, you’ll learn the right skills to start producing! Plus you’ll receive a download with advice from former Sundance Programmer, Roberta Marie Monroe, that features the first chapter of her book, How Not to Make a Short Film! and is packed with the secrets every short film producer should know. Read More . . .

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film festival tips

FILM FESTIVAL TIPS - WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND A FILM FESTIVAL 

Explore some of the top film festivals, and the top reasons to attend them in our free film festival download. Read More . . .

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