It’s Here! Read Screenwriter Zachary Rowell’s 90-Day Screenplay Challenge Script

It’s Here! Read Screenwriter Zachary Rowell’s 90-Day Screenplay Challenge Script
At SoCreate, we’re on a mission to make screenwriting fun again, to make it more accessible, and to help writers around the world tell their stories and make their dreams come true. That’s why, before we’ve even launched our software, we’re looking for ways to help writers in any way we can. In mid-2019, we had an idea: What would happen if we removed a common barrier to success to see if we could kickstart one screenwriter’s dream? We’ve heard from so many of you that it is a struggle to balan… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

Week 13 of Zachary Rowell’s 90-Day Screenplay Challenge: The End

Week 13 of Zachary Rowell’s 90-Day Screenplay Challenge: The End
Earlier this year, we decided to try an experiment: What would happen if we removed what seemed to be the number one barrier for screenwriters – money – to allow them the luxury of time to be creative? We wanted to give someone the jumpstart they needed to fulfill their screenwriting dreams. So, we put out the call to pay one deserving screenwriter’s bills, and thousands of you applied. SO many of you are deserving, but we could only choose one, and Zachary Rowell took home the prize: 3 months o… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

Week 12 of Zachary Rowell’s 90-Day Screenplay Challenge: Don’t Fear the Rewrite

Week 12 of Zachary Rowell’s 90-Day Screenplay Challenge: Don’t Fear the Rewrite
Several months ago, we had a crazy idea: What if we removed what seems to be the biggest barrier to a screenwriter’s success, and watched what happened? Well, we’re a little crazy, so we went for it! And you know what? It’s working. Reading blogs, scrolling through Twitter, and gauging the consensus of screenwriters everywhere, it was clear that so many of you were juggling multiple jobs and responsibilities to make ends meet and still make time for writing. If you could just get ahead with mon… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

5 Tips for Writing Action Descriptions in a Traditional Screenplay

5 Tips for Writing Action Descriptions in a Traditional Screenplay
Screenplays should be quick, snappy reads with moments of “oohs” and “awws” that grab the reader’s attention. Something that I find myself struggling with, especially in first drafts, is describing the action of what’s going on. Too often I can go overboard, and overly describe what’s happening. I find myself painting the picture of what you’re seeing, and while that works in prose, in screenwriting, it’s just slowing down your readability. So if you’re like me and find yourself struggling with… Read this article »
Victoria Lucia

Learn Your Screenwriting Beats with This Interactive Game

Learn Your Screenwriting Beats with This Interactive Game
The first book I ever read on screenwriting, like so many of you, was Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat. Say what you will, but he so clearly breaks down every element of a film that I quickly found myself watching movies and calling the beats aloud. This is particularly annoying to my boyfriend, because I already react aloud through the entire movie, and now I have even more to say! But I’m learning (learning the beats, not learning to be quiet). Snyder’s beat sheet is not the only one around, of co… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

The Most Googled Screenplays of 2019 and Where to Read Them

The Most Googled Screenplays of 2019 and Where to Read Them
Now that we’re moving into the colder part of the year in the Nothern Hemisphere, or “indoor season” as I like to call it, it’s a great time to cuddle up with some hot cocoa and a great screenplay. Some people read books. We read scripts! Screenwriters were hungry for scripts this year, and the following titles were among the top 25 search queries related to screenwriting globally in 2019. So, I’m doing you a solid and aggregating all those scripts below, so you don’t have to go Googling. And… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

Week 11 of Zachary Rowell’s 90-Day Screenplay Challenge: Don’t Forget to Ask Yourself These Questions

Week 11 of Zachary Rowell’s 90-Day Screenplay Challenge: Don’t Forget to Ask Yourself These Questions
Writing is rewriting. I’ve seen that statement and many variations on it so many times, and it’s true. Rewriting is when you get to show off your craft. But it’s also when you must start asking yourself tough questions, make sometimes painful edits, and learn to look at your work objectively. Zachary Rowell, winner of SoCreate’s “So, Write Your Bills Away” Sweepstakes, is deep into rewriting this week. Luckily, he picked up some tips to make the process more enjoyable and fruitful during a rece… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

For Screenwriter Rhonda R. Johnson, It’s All About the Message

For Screenwriter Rhonda R. Johnson, It’s All About the Message
Do you ever meet people and wonder how the heck they fit everything they do each day into 24 hours? That’s what happened when I learned more about screenwriter Rhonda R. Johnson, a recent contestant in SoCreate’s “So, Write Your Bills Away” Sweepstakes and an accomplished woman. Rhonda told me she knew she wanted to be a storyteller since she was five. Of course, she didn’t know the word “screenwriter” at the time, but she’d spend hours in front of her grandmother’s mirror playing dress-up as… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

Week 10 of Zachary Rowell’s 90-Day Screenplay Challenge: Light at the End of the Tunnel

Week 10 of Zachary Rowell’s 90-Day Screenplay Challenge: Light at the End of the Tunnel
Well, screenwriters, Zachary Rowell has a big announcement this week! In case you’ve just started in on these weekly updates, here’s a quick recap: Zachary won SoCreate’s “So, Write Your Bills Away” Sweepstakes, which kicked off three months of paid time off to write a feature-length screenplay. To receive his cash, he must turn in 30 pages to us every 30 days as proof that he’s putting in the work. At the end of the 90 days, you, too, will get to read his screenplay! Each week, he’s updating u… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Grease: How Persistence and Discipline is Paying Off for Screenwriter Kaylord Hill

The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Grease: How Persistence and Discipline is Paying Off for Screenwriter Kaylord Hill
I first took notice of Kaylord Hill on Twitter, where he was encouraging other screenwriters to apply for SoCreate’s “So, Write Your Bills Away” Sweepstakes. Encouraging is probably the wrong word. He was maniacally tweeting about SoCreate sometimes up to 30 times per day! And you know what, we took notice.   Kaylord gained bonus entries into our sweepstakes through his tweets and shares and eventually was drawn as one of our top 25 semi-finalists. I knew this man was determined to be a succe… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

2 Ways to Write a Montage in a Traditional Screenplay

2 Ways to Write a Montage in a Traditional Screenplay
Montages. We all know them when we see them, but what exactly is going on there? How do I format a montage in my screenplay? What if my montage is happening in more than one location? Here are some tips and advice about writing montages that have helped me in my writing. What is a montage exactly? A montage is a collection of short scenes or brief moments that are lumped together to quickly show a passage of time. There’s usually no, or very little dialogue in a montage. A montage can be us… Read this article »
Victoria Lucia

Week 9 of Zachary Rowell’s 90-Day Screenplay Challenge: Maybe All You Need is a Cookie

Week 9 of Zachary Rowell’s 90-Day Screenplay Challenge: Maybe All You Need is a Cookie
Screenwriter Zachary Rowell has come a long way since he first started his 90-day screenplay Challenge on October 1. He has three and a half weeks left to finish his feature-length script, and he’s more than halfway there. Zachary won SoCreate’s “So, Write Your Bills Away” Sweepstakes, which awards him $3,000 per month for three months, as long as he writes 30 pages every 30 days. Last week, he shared 60 pages of “Still Water Runs Deep” with us, and we’re happy to report, it is a great script,… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

Week 8 of Zachary Rowell’s 90-Day Screenplay Challenge: Don’t Look Backward … Yet

Week 8 of Zachary Rowell’s 90-Day Screenplay Challenge: Don’t Look Backward … Yet
This week, screenwriter Zachary Rowell told us he’s thankful for SoCreate this Thanksgiving. Aw! We’re thankful we get to help writers like him, and that we’ll be helping tens of thousands more once we launch the SoCreate Screenwriting Platform. Of course, we are also thankful for Zachary being so vulnerable and open to sharing during his 90-day screenplay challenge. We hope you’re learning as much from him as we are. Zachary is eight weeks into the challenge, and he’s nearing the end of his sc… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

For Screenwriter Ed Robinson, Storytelling and a DIY Approach Make a Perfect Pairing

For Screenwriter Ed Robinson, Storytelling and a DIY Approach Make a Perfect Pairing
Is there something holding you back from becoming the creator you want to be, or is that all in your head? Screenwriter Ed Robinson makes me believe it’s the latter. With three kids under the age of four all living under one roof (and no daycare), Ed still makes time for creating. He’s not waiting around for anyone, and you know what? It makes his stories richer, more vibrant, and more believable, in my opinion, because they come from the heart. Take Ed’s award-winning web series “Pairings,”… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

Breaking Down 3 Act and 5 Act Structures in a Traditional Screenplay

Breaking Down 3 Act and 5 Act Structures in a Traditional Screenplay
So you have a story, and you love it! You’ve got characters that are just like real people, you know all the beats and plot points inside and out, and you’ve got a distinct mood and tone in mind. Now how do you structure the dang thing? Well, sometimes I find myself wondering that too! How many acts should my script be? What are the merits of using one structure versus another? Here are some things I consider when I want to decide between a three-act versus a five-act structure for a screenplay… Read this article »
Victoria Lucia

Full-Time Life, Part-Time Passion: Screenwriter Nora B. Anderson Won’t Ever Give Up on What Fulfills Her

Full-Time Life, Part-Time Passion: Screenwriter Nora B. Anderson Won’t Ever Give Up on What Fulfills Her
It’s been more than 30 years since Nora B. Anderson decided she wanted to write screenplays. She took an internship with an independent producer in the 80s, and when he asked her if she wanted to intern in directing, producing, or writing, she didn’t hesitate. “I had always enjoyed writing and had really enjoyed turning a John Updike short story into a script while I was in college, so I think that direct question cemented it for me,” she told us. The producer told her to read Syd Field’s “S… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

Going Back in Time: How to Write a Flashback in a Traditional Screenplay

Going Back in Time: How to Write a Flashback in a Traditional Screenplay
When I hear the term “flashback” my mind immediately goes to “Wayne’s World,” where Wayne and Garth wiggle their fingers and go, “diddle-iddle-um, diddle-iddle-um” and we dissolve into the past. If only all flashbacks could be that easy and fun! If you’ve been wondering about how to write flashbacks in a traditional screenplay, both in terms of format, and how to introduce them, then here are some tips I’ve come across that might help! Make sure your flashback has a purpose Flashbacks should… Read this article »
Victoria Lucia

Week 7 of Zachary Rowell’s 90-Day Screenplay Challenge: How to Take Good and Bad Feedback and Use it to Write the Best Screenplay Possible

Week 7 of Zachary Rowell’s 90-Day Screenplay Challenge: How to Take Good and Bad Feedback and Use it to Write the Best Screenplay Possible
Well, writers, we’ve reached the halfway point in screenwriter Zachary Rowell’s 90-day screenplay challenge. He has just a month and a half left to complete a feature-length script, or risk forfeiting a month of paid bills! When he won SoCreate’s “So, Write Your Bills Away” Sweepstakes, we made a deal: we’ll pay his bills for three months, but he must use those three months to write a complete screenplay. Zachary admits that time is flying by. And now comes the hard part. He’s sharing snippets… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

Screenwriter She’Ra Hagans is a Lifelong Learner and Creator

Screenwriter She’Ra Hagans is a Lifelong Learner and Creator
Some people were born to make something, and SoCreate is here for that! We want to be the go-to tool for creators who need to tell their story, express themselves, and share their unique angles. We want to be the go-to tool for creators like She’Ra Hagans. I first met She’Ra through our “So, Write Your Bills Away” Sweepstakes. She entered for a shot at winning three months of paid bills so she could focus on writing. But like many writers, she has several outlets for her creativity, not just… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

How to Write Scene Description in a Traditional Screenplay

How to Write Scene Description in a Traditional Screenplay
Ideally, I want to write scene descriptions that are engaging, clear, and conjure visuals from the page. I want the reader to breeze through my script, and have the scene descriptions subtly work to pique their interest, bringing them deeper and deeper into the world of my story. These are the qualities I want my scene descriptions to have, but alas, I am a wordy gal. I am, can’t help it. My first drafts are often plagued with long descriptions, and my scene descriptions are no exception. Here… Read this article »
Victoria Lucia