It’s called Hack Notes, and you can check it out right now.
How did I decide on the price? I did my research, and it seems sixty bucks is comparable to the lowest price available anywhere online (well, anywhere that’s not Craigslist). Feel free to checkforyourself.
As I’m just starting out, I don’t have a lot of flashy quotes and testimonials yet. What I do have is this blog, which I think stands as a pretty good indicator of my experience and predilections with regards to screenwriting.
Which is a fancy way of saying: If you like my tips, maybe I can help you with that draft of yours.
The site is Hacknotes.net. Come in, have a look around, make yourself comfortable. And let me know what you think.
If you’re writing a thriller, the suspense has to be there from the start — even if it’s something as innocuous as the protag desperately trying to get his kids to school on time. Start tense and build higher.
It’s that time of year — Hollywood shuts down, folks go home to spend time with their families… and writers work on their screenplays.
You finish that latest draft, and you start to wonder: Does the dialogue ring true? Do the character arcs work? Is it marketable? Am I on the right track or should I try a different direction? If you don’t have a manager or a network of incredibly patient friends, it can be hard to get good, honest feedback on your script.
To get to the point: I’m thinking of starting a script notes service as a companion to the blog here.
My notes would be short, around 4-5 pages. They would be cheap (after all, I’m not a famous writer, just a guy with some professional experience writing coverage). And above all, they would be honest. If you read this site you know I don’t pull any punches. My notes would be helpful, not snarky, but I wouldn’t hold back from giving you the advice you really need to hear.
Would you be interested in this kind of service? And if so, what would you want to get out of it? Let me know in the comments.
And then it was gone, as quickly as it came. With a sly smile and a tip of its hat, Guest Post Week 2 vanished over the horizon and out of our lives.
Now all that’s left are the memories of the week we shared. And what memories they are! Who could forget the bold stance taken by Tip #6, the intriguing specificity of Tip #11, or the comment section controversy stirred up by the polarizing Tip #2?
Goodnight, Guest Post Week 2, wherever you are. Goodnight… and godspeed.
Purchase legit screenwriting software. It does the format for you, sets the accepted font and size, includes spell check and is easy to use. Of course, grammar and the story itself is up to you. Sure, it may be close to $200, but that Five Figure paycheck should cover it. Otherwise, find a new hobby.
If you are writing a romantic comedy, don’t end with a last-minute airport run. EVER. There are ways for your protagonist to declare his/her love that are both more plausible and haven’t been done to death.
If you’ve yet to sell anything don’t subtitle your spec Part 1 or The Beginning or any other first installment qualifier. If you’ve got ten sequels lined up, great. Sell me in the script, not on the title page.
'You are' becomes 'You're', 'they are' becomes 'they're', 'there will' becomes 'there'll'. Contract as many words as possible. Do you EVER say “do not eat the brownies?” NO! You say “Don't eat the brownies.”