Web Links: How to write a screenplay

There is a treasure trove of information across the web about how to write a screenplay. So we’ve done some of the searching for you and compiled the best tips and tricks to help give your screenplay the edge it needs to succeed. Be sure regularly to check back here for new articles and also visit our Facebook page for new links daily.

On Reading

One of the best ways to learn how to write a screenplay is by reading screenplays. Before long, you’ll learn formatting tricks, dialogue techniques, and more. There are ample places on the internet to find scripts. Many screenwriting contests also seek readers to help evaluate their entries.

8 Reasons to Read Screenplays – ScreenwritingU Magazine

How to Read A Screenplay – Go Into the Story

Script Index – LA Screenwriter

On Writing

No matter what stage of your writing career you are in, there are ample articles to help you in everything from Fade In to Fade Out. We’ve listed a few standout articles here to refer to as needed, whether you need advice on coming up with your idea to writing a logline to building character arcs.

Getting Started

Screenwriting Rules, Guidelines & Expectations – Screencraft

21 Elements Your Screenplay Should Not Have – The Script Lab

What screenplay should you write next – ScriptFirm

How to get started with your screenplay – Creative Screenwriting

Creating your logline and synopsis – ScriptMag

How to Write A Logline for a Character-Driven Drama – Go Into the Story

How long should it take to write a screenplay? – ScriptLab

Sun Tzu’s Art of Screenwriting – Screencraft

The Eight Sequences – The Script Lab

How to raise the stakes in your plot – Go Into the Story


4 Ways to Approach Desire in Your Main Character – LA Screenwriter

3 Ways to Make Characters More Dynamic – The Script Lab


6 Essential Tip for Writing Better Dialogue – Studio Binder

Writing Good Dialogue and Description – BlueCat


How to write minimal description to maximum effect – Go Into the Story

Screenplay Exposition: How to Write it Lean and Mean – Screenplay Readers


5 Steps to Nailing Your Script’s Theme – Creative Screenwriting

On Pitching

Writing the perfect query letter for your scripts – Screencraft

General Writing Advice

Why You Procrastinate (And What You Need to Do to Stop) – Richard RB Botto