With over a hundred to choose from, which screenwriting contests are right for you? Let’s break it down into three parts: the types of contests, your script, and what’s legit. When it comes down to it, you want to be smart and selective about the contests you enter. It would make no sense to apply to all of them. You want the right match.

Let’s also speculate that you and I don’t have bucketloads of money (I do have a change jar) or oodles of free time (though I sometimes lie awake until 4am under the soul-crushing weight of existence).

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Screenwriting is visual, so it’s no surprise that writers love using index cards to outline their story. Putting note cards onto a cork board lets you look at your story like a puzzle. You can see the full picture. Computer programs, white boards, and Post-it notes make it easier than ever to customize this method. Let’s dive into the what, how, and why of outlining your screenplay with note cards.

Why index cards?

You still want to write out a full outline in a document. 

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Screenwriting takes the ability to balance a lot of elements simultaneously. While you’re writing, you network, you learn about the industry, and you live your human life, which enables you to provide food, clothing, and shelter to yourself and any dependents. The writing and living by themselves are hard enough, so I understand the cringing feeling people get when they hear networking. That’s why we’re going to talk about how to make networking worth it for screenwriters.

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Los Angeles is the hub of the entertainment industry. I recommend moving here as a solid starting point if you’ve just graduated college or have gotten traction on a script. It’s not always a necessary step, but it will be a helpful tool in your career. Living in LA gives you access to parts of the industry that might otherwise be out of your reach. All in all, moving to Los Angeles for screenwriting creates new opportunities to help better your chances of thriving in the industry.

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So you’ve gotten notes on your screenplay. You’re excited to see what someone has to say, and then you realize it’s like a whole other language. You have no idea what to do with half of it. Learning how to incorporate script notes is almost like a game of “telephone.” You try to communicate your story and the reader attempts to relay their impression of it back to you. Not everything makes it through the filter.

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As writers, it takes focus in order to achieve our creative goals. Writing is only one part of the process. A career in screenwriting requires the ability to present ourselves as a business. We prepare a product, market it, advertise ourselves, and seek new opportunities for growth. Learn how to take control of your creativity and make it work for you.

Set Goals

Setting goals serves the same function as outlining a script.

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