Do you need a screenwriting degree to be successful? The short answer is no. You do not need to go to school for screenwriting in order to become a working writer. A degree in something, anything, generally helps you get a job in Hollywood because a college degree is a base-level hiring requirement for a lot of companies, but that’s a whole other can of worms. Bottom line is that you have a lot of options if you want to be a screenwriter,

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As writers we starve for motivation, but she’s an unreliable beach. Motivation comes and goes on a whim, so it’s important to have tools in place for when she fails you. There are three tools to boost your productivity fast and easy.

Taking the power away from divine inspiration and placing it into your own hands gives you more control over your writing goals. Rather than waiting for a muse, you’re taking the reins to write whenever you want.

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When writers dream, they go big or go home. And that’s fantastic! Ambition and persistence go a long way towards making a career work. Taking that dream from the intangible to a real responsibility requires action. There are steps in between you thinking up the next best blockbuster and selling the script for millions. So what if you’re in a writing rut? You don’t know what to do or what the next step is? Set realistic,

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How to Write Shot Composition Into Your Script

Guest Post by E.M. Welsh

Screenwriters, unlike other types of writers, are forced to do something very difficult. They are supposed to tell a story with images, using only words. Sometimes as screenwriters, we forget that we are tasked with this difficult yet magical feat, and as a result start to forget about the camera that will shoot our project and make it come to life.

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There are instructors who teach the basics of writing a screenplay, and then there are coaches and consultants who illuminate what it takes to build and sustain a screenwriting career. Jen Grisanti, Lee Jessup, and Stephanie Palmer are the latter. These three kickass women in Hollywood know what it takes to give your screenwriting career momentum. They are forthright and honest about the industry so that you’re not facing any surprises. Plus, they understand the industry’s ever-changing climate.

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