Screenwriting blogs

Screenwriter's & Playwright's MarketLast year at this time, I was busy doing research and conducting interviews for portions of Chuck Sambuchino’s Screenwriter’s & Playwright’s Market guidebook, which was published in December 2008. As a literary agent, I don’t represent scriptwriters, but the book lists plenty of script agents and managers who are looking for new clients.

While working on the guidebook project, I noticed very few blogs on the topic of screenwriting. A year ago, they seemed rare. I assumed that most scriptwriters gathered online in forums but eschewed blogs. After all, screenwriters are accustomed to teamwork, and forums are designed for collaboration.

If you’re interested, these are the blogs I noted then and since:

Aadip Desai

Adrian Reynolds: youdothatvoodoo Write By Your Side

Aury Wallington

Blake Snyder

Writer’s Digest: Script Notes

Christopher Lockhart: The Inside Pitch

Craig Mazin & Ted Elliott: The Artful Writer

David C. Daniel: Screenwriting by Blog

Earl Pomerantz: Just Thinking…

James D. Hartland:

John August

Ken Atchity: The Story Merchant

Lee Goldberg

Robb Lanum: The Robblog

The Unknown Screenwriter

For those who want to know more about the business side of producing films and television shows, Baseline StudioSystems, referred to simply as the Studio System, is a subscription-based information service owned by the New York Times Company. It looks like a valuable database.

Another good resource for scriptwriters is the Screenwriter’s Legal Guide by entertainment attorney Stephen F. Breimer. The third edition is five years old, but the basic information is solid.

[Updated on January 17, 2016] See Stephanie Palmer’s “Top 10 Most Influential Screenwriting Blogs.”

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