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

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

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

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

Week 6 of Zachary Rowell’s 90-Day Screenplay Challenge: How to Stay in Love with Screenwriting

Week 6 of Zachary Rowell’s 90-Day Screenplay Challenge: How to Stay in Love with Screenwriting
Zachary Rowell, the winner of SoCreate’s “So, Write Your Bills Away” Sweepstakes, has been given the chance of a lifetime. We are paying his bills for three months, so all he must do is focus on writing a feature-length script! No big deal (wink, wink). While the final script belongs entirely to him at the end of the 90 days, the setup is a bit like a job: Zachary has to prove he’s written at least 30 pages a month to get his monthly paycheck. Luckily, he’s ahead of schedule, because he admitted… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

Week 5 of Zachary Rowell’s 90-Day Screenplay Challenge: The Backward Way to Approach Rewrites, and How to Stay Positive When the Process Gets You Down

Week 5 of Zachary Rowell’s 90-Day Screenplay Challenge: The Backward Way to Approach Rewrites, and How to Stay Positive When the Process Gets You Down
We’ve been following screenwriter Zachary Rowell on his screenwriting journey for nearly five weeks now, and I love how he is sharing his experience authentically and transparently. Zachary won our “So, Write Your Bills Away” Sweepstakes. The prize? We’re paying his bills for three months so he can focus on writing a feature-length script. The catch? He must share the experience with all of you! We wanted to give one screenwriter a hand while also helping other writers learn through the process.… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

Week 4 of Zachary Rowell’s 90-Day Screenplay Challenge: Finding an Apartment, Finding an Ending, and Why Zachary Says if He Can Do This, So Can You

Week 4 of Zachary Rowell’s 90-Day Screenplay Challenge: Finding an Apartment, Finding an Ending, and Why Zachary Says if He Can Do This, So Can You
In this week’s vlog from Zachary Rowell, the winner of SoCreate’s “So, Write Your Bills Away Sweepstakes,” he’s laying down some truths about leaving Dallas and “making it” in L.A. It’s all part of the journey, after all, to become a working screenwriter. While you don’t have to move to Hollywood in this age of easy communication, it certainly helps. Zachary made the move a couple of years ago, and he’s got some advice for screenwriters who are considering a move themselves. Plus, he’s telling… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

Week 3 of Zachary Rowell’s 90-Day Screenplay Challenge: Watch Him Write a Scene in Under 15 Minutes

Week 3 of Zachary Rowell’s 90-Day Screenplay Challenge: Watch Him Write a Scene in Under 15 Minutes
We caught up with Zachary Rowell, the winner of our “So, Write Your Bills Away” Sweepstakes this week to see how he’s feeling heading into his fourth straight week of writing. He has eight more weeks to go to finish a feature-length screenplay. Meanwhile, as long as he writes 30 pages per month, we’ve promised to pay his bills! And you get to follow along with his process, give your input, and learn from him. This week is extra special. Instead of telling us about his process in his usual vlogs… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

Return to Silence: How to Write a Screenplay With Little to No Dialogue

Return to Silence: How to Write a Screenplay With Little to No Dialogue
From shorts to features, there are entire films made today that have little to no dialogue. And the screenplays for these films are often the perfect example of what a screenplay should be, a demonstration of showing and not telling. We asked Screenwriter Doug Richardson (“Bad Boys,” “Die Hard 2,” “Hostage”) what he believes are the keys to success when writing a screenplay with little to no dialogue. “Oh, that’s very simple,” he told us. “How to write a screenplay with little or no dialogue… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

Why Write Stories? These 3 Pros Inspire Us with Their Responses

Why Write Stories? These 3 Pros Inspire Us with Their Responses
We somehow assembled this power-panel of professional creatives during an interview session last year, and just uncovered a gem of a discussion between them on the topic of stories, specifically, why you should write one. Read the quotable transcript below or take five minutes to watch the video interview. The discussion features some of our favorite writers from various backgrounds. Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times bestselling suspense author, comic book writer, and playwright and teacher.… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

Week 2 of Zachary Rowell’s 90-Day Screenplay Challenge: “Parasite” Movie, the Comparison Trap, and Why You Should Always End the Day on a High Note

Week 2 of Zachary Rowell’s 90-Day Screenplay Challenge: “Parasite” Movie, the Comparison Trap, and Why You Should Always End the Day on a High Note
Zachary Rowell, the winner of SoCreate’s “So, Write Your Bills Away” Sweepstakes, is on the path to do just that. We promise to pay his bills for 90 days if he promises to finish a screenplay. And each month, he must prove he’s on the right track by sharing 30 or more pages with us. By December 31, if all goes as planned, he’ll have written a feature-length screenplay! It’s his script to keep (or share, or sell). We just wanted to give him a leg-up on the journey. So far, so good! Zachary is we… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich