How Much Money Does a Screenwriter Make? We Asked 5 Professional Writers

How Much Money Does a Screenwriter Make? We Asked 5 Professional Writers
For most, writing is less of a job and more of a passion. But wouldn’t it be ideal if we could all make a living in a field that we are passionate about? It’s not impossible to get paid to do what you love, if you’re willing to accept the reality: there’s not much stability for writers who choose this path. We asked five expert writers how much money the average writer can expect to earn. The answer? Well, it’s as diverse as the backgrounds of our experts. Per the Writers Guild of America Wes… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

Writer Jonathan Maberry Talks Finding Representation

Writer Jonathan Maberry Talks Finding Representation
As a New York Times best-selling author and five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, Jonathan Maberry is an encyclopedia of knowledge when it comes to the storytelling business. He’s written comic books, magazine articles, plays, anthologies, novels and more. And while he wouldn’t call himself a screenwriter, this writer does have onscreen projects in the works. V-Wars, based on Jonathan’s best-selling franchise by the same name, is headed for Netflix this year. And Alcon Entertainment just bought th… Read this article »
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Say What?! Screenwriting Terms and Meanings

Say What?! Screenwriting Terms and Meanings
Expert screenwriters say one of the best ways to learn to write a screenplay is to read screenplays that have been produced. You may come across some unfamiliar terms while doing this, especially if you’re new to the craft. We’ve put together a quick read for you to refer to when you come across a word or acronym you don’t understand. These are also good to know when you dive into your screenplay masterpiece, of course! ActionShowing through action is generally better than telling through dia… Read this article »
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Producer David Alpert on How to Take the Weird and Make It Great

Producer David Alpert on How to Take the Weird and Make It Great
Somewhere between selling 6,000 comic books a month as a high school student, and producing the mega-hit The Walking Dead, David Alpert has learned a thing or two about “Taking the Weird and Making it Great.” And he shared those lessons at a tell-all evening of the same title during a recent visit to San Luis Obispo County. The event was the first in a series of Creative Chats at Studios on the Park in Paso Robles. While best known for The Walking Dead franchise, Alpert also found success produ… Read this article »
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SLO International Film Fest Brings in Big Talent in 2019

SLO International Film Fest Brings in Big Talent in 2019
Movies Matter! For 25 years, the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival has been singing that tune, and 2019 will be no different. For the fest’s silver celebration, organizers are bringing in films that address politics, environment, women’s rights, and more. “We aren’t saving the world,” said Executive Director Wendy Lewis, “but we are definitely impacting the way audiences see the world.” And that sentiment is what keeps SoCreate going back year after year, as both sponsor and guest of S… Read this article »
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Screenwriter Adam G. Simon Wowed by SoCreate Screenwriting Platform

Screenwriter Adam G. Simon Wowed by SoCreate Screenwriting Platform
“Give me the f***ing software! Give me access to it as soon as possible.” – Screenwriter Adam G. Simon, reacting to SoCreate Platform demonstration It’s rare that we allow anyone to see how the SoCreate Screenwriting Platform works. We fiercely protect it for a few reasons: We don’t want anyone to attempt to copy it, and then deliver a sub-par product to screenwriters; The software needs to be perfect before we release it – we want to prevent future frustrations for screenwriters, not cause t… Read this article »
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Want to Sell Your Screenplay? Screenwriter Doug Richardson Tells You How

Want to Sell Your Screenplay? Screenwriter Doug Richardson Tells You How
Take it from someone who’s had incredible success in Hollywood: your screenplay had better be great if you’re trying to sell it! Screenwriter Doug Richardson (Die Hard 2, Mooseport, Bad Boys, Hostage) expanded upon that advice during a sit-down with SoCreate at the Central Coast Writer’s Conference. Watch the video or read the transcript below to hear his take on the question he’s asked most often – now that my screenplay is done, how do I sell it? TRANSCRIPT “How do you sell your screenpla… Read this article »
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Should I hire a script consultant?

Should I hire a script consultant?
Mom said she’s already picturing your name in lights. Your girlfriend said she’s deciding what to wear to the Oscars when you accept your award for Best Original Screenplay. And your best friend said, “It’s cool, man.” It sounds like you have a winning script on your hands! But somehow, encouraging words from your family and friends don’t instill the confidence you’re craving in your final draft. That’s where a script consultant comes in. They’re highly debated in the industry, mostly for two… Read this article »
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Showing Love to SoCreate’s “Get Writing” Competition Entrants

Showing Love to SoCreate’s “Get Writing” Competition Entrants
SoCreate loves writers! And during the month of love, we wanted to show affection to our SoCreate community members around the globe who put in hard work on their screenplays for our “Get Writing” Screenwriting Competition. We asked the first handful of submitters to share some screenwriting love with the rest of our writing community, by telling us what it is that they LOVE about screenwriting. We hope their remarks spark inspiration in you and remind you why you tackle the art and craft of scr… Read this article »
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Fall in Love With These Romantic Movie Screenwriters

Fall in Love With These Romantic Movie Screenwriters
Love them or hate them, mushy films about love are here to stay. Whether you love love or can’t stand the site of heart-shaped candy, there’s something special to be said about the screenwriters who tug at our heartstrings with stories of finally meeting our someone. The following romance writers have found a place in the hearts of millions of viewers around the globe.   Casablanca “Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.” – Rick Blaine, Casablanca What… Read this article »
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