Writing A Novel

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This week, I’m posting up about something pretty cool. Books! I know I mostly post about film and television, because that’s mainly my background. I love books too, and may be posting some interviews for them from time to time. I found a great article on the best resources for writing a novel. Check it out if you feel you could use some help.

Jerry Jenkins: The 12 Best Books on Writing I’ve Ever Read


Chad and Carey Hayes On Writing

This week we’re jumping back to a classic. I love a good scary movie, and one of my favorites is The ConjuringWhat I really loved about it was that it took the classic exorcism story and told it from a different perspective. If the investigators of an exorcism are scared, there’s a reason you should be too! Also, it was really fun getting a look into their lives, rather than just the house where all the creepy things happen.

These brothers, Chad and Carey Hayes, have written some very scary movies. These include The Conjuring 2Whiteoutand House of Wax. One really fun thing they discussed in this interview is that this film is based on a true story and real people. They discuss what that was like, and how they thought it was important to respect that. This interview was conducted by Dave Trumbore over at Collider. They do some of my favorite interviews.

A few questions from the interview:

“Is there some stuff that you wrote that you thought: ‘Good luck trying to film that?'”

“Doing a project based on real characters, when you started was the current angle always the focal point?”

“When writing this, were you ever worried you’d bring some of this on yourself?”

And you can find the full article here: Collider: Screenwriters Chad and Carey Hayes Talk THE CONJURING, Finding the Film’s Point of View, Real Life Paranormal Incidents and the Appeal of Horror

The Best Horror Movies Of 2018

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It’s October, and that means scary movie time! I haven’t seen all of these, but I can without a doubt attest to the quality of the top pick, A Quiet Place. I posted a great in-depth interview a while back you can find here: Bryan Woods and Scott Beck On Writing. We’ll keep this one short and sweet so you can get straight to the list!

Here’s the link: Rotten Tomatoes: BEST (AND WORST) HORROR MOVIES OF 2018 BY TOMATOMETER

Cary Fukunaga On Writing

I’ve been so busy here with the opening of our beautiful new office! Sorry for any gaps in my posting. It’s October now, so I’m going to be posting a lot of cool scary things, but I just couldn’t resist posting about my favorite new mini-series first, Maniac. I watched the full season in its entirety in a single sitting. I’m going to say that’s a good thing, and not a bad one… It was awesome. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. You probably won’t understand much of what’s going on until episode 3, but then you’ll be hooked.

As a writer, Cary Fukunaga is most well-known for having written The AlienistIt, and  Beasts of No Nation. He’s also a producer and director. One of the interesting things he discusses is how he created this other world, and even though it is so different, why it feels strangely familiar when it comes to the issues the people are having. The interview was conducted by Abraham Riesman over at VultureThere are some particularly good insights on writing film in this interview.

A few questions from the interview:

What do you see as the divergence point between our world and the world of the series?”

really admired the way you guys handled mental illness in the show. How did you approach that topic?”

What was the most challenging delusion to pull off?”


Here’s the link to the full interview: How Maniac’s Creators Approached Mental Illness

Tips On Writing Your Screenplay With A Writing Partner

6B8040F3-10CB-4815-A5E6-3B17CE98E089If you’re a writer, and aren’t doing it professionally yet, it’s time to understand that film and television are highly collaborative. I’ve done posts explaining that you have to give away your baby at some point, but never explored what it’s like to partner up with another writer. This is huge, and very important. There are many things that can go wrong in teaming up, but your screenplays can also end up better than ever in a collaboration. There are trade offs, but the point is that you can create something better with multiple minds on the job.

A few things this wonderful article goes over:

  • Choosing the right partner:
    • Someone who is honest.
    • Someone who does their share of work, and on time.
    • You can write faster as a team.
    • And more!

Check out the full article, written by Laurie Donahue at Movie Maker: Secrets of Successful Screenwriting Teams: How to Avoid Bloodshed When Writing a Script With a Partner

Mark Perez On Writing

I haven’t been out to the movies all that much this summer. I think the summer started off really strong, but I haven’t been driven to see anything since Mission Impossible. That being said, where have all the great summer movies been? Seems like all of August was a dud. Fall is coming, and I think some new and exciting releases are coming our way. For now, we’re going to do a throwback to my favorite comedy of the year, Game Nightand the man who wrote it, Mark Perez.

Mark Perez is otherwise well-known for having written Accepted,  Herbie: Fully Loaded and Back NineToday’s interview gives some great insights on what it’s like having to release your script into the wild, and what it’s like having it rewritten by other writers. There’s also some great bits about how long a screenplay can sit on the shelf before it’s actually turned into a movie. The interview was conducted by Edward Douglas over at The Tracking BoardThere are some particularly good insights on writing film in this interview.

Here’s a few questions:

How did Game Night come about? Was it always called Game Night?”

How long ago did you come up with the idea and sell it to New Line?”

Obviously, Jonathan and John Francis Daley are writers themselves, so once they get involved in the project, are you still involved, working with them or the actors, or do they take your script and go off on their own?”

And here’s the full interview: