Enter the SoCreate "So, Write Your Bills Away" Sweepstakes!

Enter the SoCreate "So, Write Your Bills Away" Sweepstakes!
Wish You Could Work Less, and Write More? We wanted to know: What do screenwriters really need to succeed? Talent, of course. Perseverance, yes. Connections, you betcha. But there's that other big thing – you know, the luxury of time to write? We know so many of you are working more than one job to make ends meet, writing during odd hours, and struggling to balance it all. Wouldn’t it be great if you just had more time? Well, we’re here for you screenwriters, and to prove it, we’re… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

Is It Hard to be a Screenwriter? Writer Robert Jury Answers

Is It Hard to be a Screenwriter? Writer Robert Jury Answers
Screenwriter, producer, and director Robert Jury climbed the ladder in Hollywood through hard work and determination. He’s done the LA thing, and he’s also been successful as a writer living in his current home of Iowa City, Iowa. Over the course of a couple of decades, Jury learned that there’s no substitution for perseverance and passion. Jury started his career as a script reader, interned at Warner Bros. Pictures and worked for Touchstone Pictures Company. “Back in the old days, I would… Read this article »
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Screenwriter Thiago Dadalt Reveals His First Draft Strategies

Screenwriter Thiago Dadalt Reveals His First Draft Strategies
As a screenwriter, it can be difficult to know when it’s time to seek feedback on your script. You’ve toiled over it for a long time, presumably, and sometimes feedback can send you right back to the drawing board. So, is it better to show your rough draft to someone early to catch problems before you spend more time writing, or wait until you’ve refined your screenplay? Strategies vary. Oscar-winning screenwriter Nick Vallelonga told me he NEVER shows a script to anyone until it’s complete bec… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

How Do Screenwriters Network? Take This Advice from Filmmaker Leon Chambers

How Do Screenwriters Network? Take This Advice from Filmmaker Leon Chambers
Networking. The word alone makes me cringe and shrink back into whatever curtains or bushes are closest behind me. In my past life, my career depended on it. And you know what? No matter how often I “networked,” it never got easier for me. It was always awkward, forced, and for lack of a better buzzword, inauthentic. I can’t speak for all of us, but I’d bet there are a lot of writers in this same boat. It wasn’t until I heard similar advice to the sentiment filmmaker Leon Chambers shares below… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

Use This Screenwriter’s Meditation to Access Your Creativity

Use This Screenwriter’s Meditation to Access Your Creativity
I recently came across Dr. Mihaela Ivan Holtz through a blog post that she authored on the topic of being a more fulfilled artist. I posted a link to her blog through SoCreate’s Twitter account, and it remains one of the most clicked article links that we’ve ever posted. As a psychotherapist who specializes in treating people in film, TV, and performing and fine arts, she had a unique viewpoint to offer on breaking through creative blocks. Her approach wasn’t one that I’d seen before on screenwr… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

5 Things Professional Screenwriters Would Say to Up and Comers

5 Things Professional Screenwriters Would Say to Up and Comers
Most writers who’ve “made it” won’t sugarcoat the facts: earning a living as a screenwriter is hard. It takes talent. It takes work. And maybe most importantly, it takes standing up when you’ve been knocked down … over, and over, and over again. But the reward? It’s oh-so-worth it to be able to do what you love for a living. We had the pleasure of meeting screenwriter, playwright, producer and director Dale Griffiths Stamos at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival. She’s also a dramat… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

The Screenwriting Community’s Favorite Books for Scribes

The Screenwriting Community’s Favorite Books for Scribes
I recently conducted a survey of screenwriters to learn more about what makes them tick: when do they write? Where do they write? What type of content do they find most useful? And where did they LEARN to write a screenplay? The last question was revealing: So many screenwriters never went to film school. They learned the craft by reading a ton of screenplays and screenwriting books. And you can, too. We asked the screenwriting community to name their favorite books for screenplay how-to’s, and… Read this article »
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Screenwriters, Novelists, Game Writers: Michael Stackpole Tells You How to Get an Agent

Screenwriters, Novelists, Game Writers: Michael Stackpole Tells You How to Get an Agent
“Finding an agent is one of those questions that a lot of people ask. Everybody wants one,” Michael Stackpole explained during an interview with us at the Central Coast Writers Conference. A writer, game designer, podcaster, and regular conference speaker, Stackpole had an answer at the ready. “Once you’ve completed something, farm it out to some friends. Get them to write down two or three authors that they think you write like. Research those authors. Find out who their agents are. Perhaps… Read this article »
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Why Male Allies Are Important in Tech, Now More Than Ever

Why Male Allies Are Important in Tech, Now More Than Ever
I’d still consider myself a tech world newbie. There’s lots to love about it – being part of building something new, the comradery and “we’re all in it together” attitude, starting something from scratch, and constant innovation and education. Perhaps I don’t know enough just yet to point out many things I don’t like, but I have one very obvious observation. The tech world is a man’s world. That’s changing, however, and we have both women AND men to thank for leading the conversation.    "It'… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

Need to Get Away? Use This Screenwriting Event as a Very Good Excuse

Need to Get Away? Use This Screenwriting Event as a Very Good Excuse
This one’s for our worn-out writer friends, and especially those of you who live within driving distance to the Central Coast of California! Here’s a chance to recharge your batteries AND learn a ton from professional screenwriters. It’s almost time for the Central Coast Writer’s Conference. Registration is now open for this three-day event, September 26-28, 2019 in beautiful San Luis Obispo. We’re biased, A) because we live here and B) because we’re big backers of this conference, but you can… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

The Magic of CSS Houdini

The Magic of CSS Houdini
Hat tricks, and card tricks, and magical CSS, oh my! Our latest Lunch Meet, a team-led learning series, was full of surprises from Lead UX Designer/Developer Anthony Harris. The topic was CSS Houdini, a somewhat magical, albeit somewhat unavailable, project that could revolutionize web development as we know it. Here’s what we know. Houdini is a new collection of browser APIs that allows you to gain more access to your browser’s CSS engine. The API’s are accessible through JavaScript, making… Read this article »
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6 Stretches Screenwriters Should Do Daily

6 Stretches Screenwriters Should Do Daily
I once worked with a company that required its employees to take “ergo-breaks.” It sounds strange – both the name and the fact that it was enforced by a timer that acted as a kill switch to their computer every hour, on the hour – but the brief pause to step away from writing and get your wiggles out is effective, especially for those of us stuck on our work-in-progress. These easy stretches also get your blood flowing again, relieve physical tension, give you a boost of energy, and increase pro… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

This Month in Movie History – June Roundup

This Month in Movie History – June Roundup
Aaron Sorkin – June 9, 1961 Happy birthday, Aaron Sorkin! The master of dialogue-driven stories, Sorkin earned a career that screenwriters around the world revere. From ‘The Social Network’ film to TV series such as ‘The West Wing’ and ‘The Newsroom,’ we admire his style, and we have so much to learn from him. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial – June 11, 1982 On this day in history, Steven Spielberg unleashed ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’ on the world. Written by the late Melissa Mathison,… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

Why Screenwriter Dale Griffiths Stamos Doesn't Get Writer's Block

Why Screenwriter Dale Griffiths Stamos Doesn't Get Writer's Block
The seemingly undaunted Dale Griffiths Stamos is a breath of fresh air, and just the push you might need to keep writing on your most challenging days. This screenwriter, playwright, producer, and director is also a writing teacher, and you’ll gather as much from her tough-love advice. She was happy to share pointers with us at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival. Griffiths Stamos has a Daytime Emmy nomination to her name, plus the Heideman Award, the Jewel Box Playwriting Prize, an… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

Screenwriter Adam G. Simon Talks ‘Point Blank’ Ahead of Netflix Premier

Screenwriter Adam G. Simon Talks ‘Point Blank’ Ahead of Netflix Premier
“A hell of a day. A hell of a pair.” That’s the tagline for the upcoming ‘Point Blank’ film premiering on Netflix July 12. And you know what? We know one heck of a writer who penned the script! Screenwriter Adam G. Simon also makes a cameo acting appearance in this made-for-Netflix action-thriller, about an emergency room nurse who teams up with an injured murder suspect to save the nurse’s pregnant wife. Rival criminals and renegade cops stand in their way. Joe Lynch directed, and Anthony M… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

‘Stranger Things’ SA Explains Alternative Jobs for Aspiring Screenwriters

‘Stranger Things’ SA Explains Alternative Jobs for Aspiring Screenwriters
If your screenwriting career hasn’t taken off just yet, and you still need to keep your day job, it’d be nice if you could work in a relevant field. It keeps your mind in the game, allows you to build connections with like-minded people, and learn more about the movie and television business. Take Caitlin Schneiderhan, for example. She’s a screenwriter with many accolades to her name, including being named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch. Her scripts have placed in th… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

SoCreate’s 1-Page Script Contest Winner Says Prize is the Jumpstart He Needed

SoCreate’s 1-Page Script Contest Winner Says Prize is the Jumpstart He Needed
After a slight delay at the United Kingdom’s customs depot, our grand prize package has arrived at screenwriter Chris Dudley’s front door, all the way in London! Dudley won first place in SoCreate’s first-ever “Get Writing” One-Page Screenplay competition, which concluded this past March. His entry “Demotivated” had our team laughing out loud, AND it impressed our judges Jeanne V. Bowerman (Script Mag, #ScriptChat) and Doug Richardson (Bad Boys, Die Hard 2, Hostage). “[It] feels great to be m… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

NG of NG: SoCreate Gets a Lesson on What’s New with Angular v8

NG of NG: SoCreate Gets a Lesson on What’s New with Angular v8
SoCreate super-intern Tim Stoddard made his second appearance at our monthly Lunch Meet team-led learning series, to give us a look at new features in the next generation of Angular, version 8. Tim’s an expert on Angular, having presented on behalf of SoCreate at the #NG Conference in April, the world’s original conference on Angular in Salt Lake City, Utah. So, we were eager to learn from him while we chowed down on catered Chipotle lunch! Tim covered several of the main features of version… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

An Oscar-Winning Screenwriter and a Playwright Walk into SoCreate …

An Oscar-Winning Screenwriter and a Playwright Walk into SoCreate …
… but it’s no joke! The only punchline here is in the wise words that two-time 2019 Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Nick Vallelonga (The Green Book) and popular playwright Kenny D’Aquila bestowed upon us during a recent visit to SoCreate’s headquarters in San Luis Obispo. They gave us a ton of a great feedback on the SoCreate Screenwriting Platform and taught us a few tricks of the trade while they were here (more videos on that later). We were honored to host these two partners in crime. Unorganized… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

SoCreate Founder Justin Couto Featured on Script2Screen Podcast

SoCreate Founder Justin Couto Featured on Script2Screen Podcast
Our Founder and CEO Justin Couto recently took to the airwaves to tell SoCreate’s story and explain our vision to Script2Screen host Alan Mehanna. You’ll typically hear upbeat and positive film and TV reviews on the show, but Alan features other interesting characters in the film industry every now and then, so we were honored to be interviewed about SoCreate!   Below, you’ll find the podcast transcript.  Listen to the podcast and subscribe to SCRIPT2SCREEN here. Alan has a master’s in scree… Read this article »
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