It’s called Hack Notes, and you can check it out right now.
How did I decide on the price? I did my research, and it seems sixty bucks is comparable to the lowest price available anywhere online (well, anywhere that’s not Craigslist). Feel free to check for yourself.
As I’m just starting out, I don’t have a lot of flashy quotes and testimonials yet. What I do have is this blog, which I think stands as a pretty good indicator of my experience and predilections with regards to screenwriting.
Which is a fancy way of saying: If you like my tips, maybe I can help you with that draft of yours.
The site is Hacknotes.net. Come in, have a look around, make yourself comfortable. And let me know what you think.
Starting a thriller script in media res and then flashing back to a few days before is totally overdone… unless you can figure out a really good way to subvert the cliché.
When you’re writing a horror/thriller, there’s a very fine line between maintaining a sense of mystery and the unknown and frustrating the hell out of the reader.
The easiest way to write an interesting protagonist is to make them incredibly good at what they do.
If you’re writing a thriller, the suspense has to be there from the start — even if it’s something as innocuous as the protag desperately trying to get his kids to school on time. Start tense and build higher.
Don’t get too caught up in describing the special effects, unless it’s important to the plot or atmosphere. The director, editor and CG guys will do their own thing with it anyway.
It’s that time of year — Hollywood shuts down, folks go home to spend time with their families… and writers work on their screenplays.
You finish that latest draft, and you start to wonder: Does the dialogue ring true? Do the character arcs work? Is it marketable? Am I on the right track or should I try a different direction? If you don’t have a manager or a network of incredibly patient friends, it can be hard to get good, honest feedback on your script.
To get to the point: I’m thinking of starting a script notes service as a companion to the blog here.
My notes would be short, around 4-5 pages. They would be cheap (after all, I’m not a famous writer, just a guy with some professional experience writing coverage). And above all, they would be honest. If you read this site you know I don’t pull any punches. My notes would be helpful, not snarky, but I wouldn’t hold back from giving you the advice you really need to hear.
Would you be interested in this kind of service? And if so, what would you want to get out of it? Let me know in the comments.
Write scripts in the same genres you watch, love, quote and buy the Criterion DVDs of. If you don’t love horror movies or romantic comedies, why are you trying to write one?
Making your protagonist a writer is rarely a good idea. (That’s one reason why all those Stephen King adaptations suck.)
I don’t think you can describe the light in a room as ‘tepid’. You know you can get dictionaries on your computer now, right?